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Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


Emergency department nurses from seven general hospitals were surveyed to elicit information on their beliefs about wife abuse (using the Inventory of Beliefs about Wife-Beating) and their self-reported behaviors with clients who may be physically abused. They were asked about beliefs about institutional and peer attitudes toward caring for abused wives. Information on the nurses’ education about and experience with wife abuse was gathered. Data were summarized to provide descriptive statistics regarding beliefs and behaviors. High levels of caring behaviors were reported. Analysis of correlation between beliefs and behaviors was conducted. Significant findings were correlations between caring behaviors and the belief that help should be given to abused wives, and between caring behaviors and the belief that the institution and peers supported such caring behaviors. Multiple regression analysis showed the belief that the institution and peers support such caring behaviors had a greater influence on the self-report of caring behaviors.


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