Hardiness Resources in an Inpatient Nursing Population
Kobasa (1979) has defined hardiness as encompassing control, challenge, and commitment to one’s career. Out of 48 nurses who participated in an online survey about self-care practices and religious coping, 8 were invited for in-person interviews to discuss these themes in greater depth. Utilizing Corbin and Strauss’s (2008) method of grounded theory, a team of researchers coded the interviews, with hardiness emerging in 4 of the participants as a theme for this project. Results showed that although hardiness has typically been defined as an internal personality trait, it also functions as an interplay between internal factors and external support. Internal strength to display control, commitment, and challenge develops through interactions with the external world through relationships and religious support. Future research is needed with a wider diversity of participants including their gender, age, years worked in nursing, and religious background. This can be helpful in teaching hardiness resources to nurses while still in school or early in their careers.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Hammer, Miyoung Yoon
Nursing, Medical personnel, Resilience, Toughness, Stress management
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