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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


This study is a secondary analysis of data that examined the effect of mutual goal setting on self-efficacy to manage disease in general. The conceptual frameworks utilized were King’s theory of goal attainment and Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy. The sample consisted of clients who had been admitted to two home care agencies with a primary diagnosis of congestive heart failure. After being randomly were assigned to either the intervention group or a control group, the subjects were visited in their homes over a course of several weeks. Data were collected at baseline and at 3-months using Long, et al. (1996) self-eflicacy assessment tool. The hypothesis was that there is a difference in the mean self-efficacy scores between the mutual goal setting group and the control group as measured at 3-month data collection. Although no significant difference was found, this study enhances the knowledge of goal setting and self-efficacy. Implications for further research and practice are discussed.


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