Date of Award

1987

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

Eighteen couples experiencing the onset of heart disease (Myocardial Infarction or Coronary Artery Bypass Graft procedure) participated in this study. Nine couples participated in a role supplementation program consisting of role modeling and role discussion. Role modeling was facilitated by exposure to a role model couple in a group situation. The role discussion component utilized a tool that allowed each partner to identify his/her responsibility for the treatment plan.;The hypothesis of the study was that couples who participated in a role supplementation program would have a higher level of marital functioning than couples who did not participate in role supplementation. Couples in both groups completed a marital functioning questionnaire six weeks post discharge from the acute care setting. From this questionnaire a mutuality score was obtained. The experimental group was not found to have a higher level of marital functioning than the control group, therefore the hypothesis was not supported. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)

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