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Functional Social Support and Perceived Stress of Nurses in Religiously Affiliated and Secular Hospitals
by cooper, Jennifer Ruth, Ph.D., Grand Canyon University, 2020, 248; 27956782
Abstract (Summary)

Nurses’ perceived stress associated with insufficient social support in the hospital environment jeopardizes nurses’ job performance that depends on supportive resources. Few studies in the literature investigated functional social support (FSS) and nurses’ perceived stress (PS) in different types of hospitals. This quantitative, correlational study, based on the transactional model of stress, social support model, and the job demands-resources theory, addresses the problem by testing the relationship between FSS and PS of nurses working in secular and in religiously affiliated hospitals across the United States. Convenience and snowball sampling were employed to recruit the 84 nurses who participated in this study. Primary data collected using the Inventory of Socially Supportive Behavior (ISSB) and the Expanded Nurses Stress Scale (ENNS) to assess nurse’s PS and FSS, respectively. The mean scores of those variables used in the Pearson’s r test to evaluate their relationships and, the Fisher’s Z-test utilized to compare the coefficients of the variables for the two groups. The results of Pearson’s correlation r test revealed that there was a weak, inverse, non-statistically significant correlation between FSS and PS (r (35) = -23, p =.16) in the secular group, and a very, weak, positive, and a non-statistically significant correlation between FSS and PS (r (45) = .036, p = .81) in the religiously affiliated group. The Fisher’s z-test showed that there was no statistically significant difference in the correlational relationship between FSS and PS (r (80) = Zobs = -1.18, p =.11) for the two groups. Concluding the relationship between nurses’ perceived FSS and PS in the hospital environment not predicted by a secular or religiously affiliated mission.

Keywords: Functional Social Support, Nurses, Mission, Perceived Stress, Religiously Affiliated Hospitals, Secular Hospitals

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Parsons, Sharon
Commitee: Johnson, Owen, Werner-Ruthledge, Claudia, Zaikina-Montgomery, Helen
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: College of Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health care management, Social psychology
Keywords: Functional social support, MIssion, Nurses, Perceived stress, Religiously affiliated, Secular
Publication Number: 27956782
ISBN: 9798641900445
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