A Study of Role Strain in Nursing Students with Multiple Roles
VanLiew, Jeanette A. Gay
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The problem. The purpose of this study was to examine role strain in female nursing students. Procedure. Role strain was measured utilizing the Lengacher Role Strain Inventory (1983). The approach used in this study was an expost facto design. A convenience sample of 176 students from three different schools of nursing participated in this study. Demographic data was also collected. Findinqs. This study found that marital status had no significant effect on role strain in all three programs. This study also found that there was a significant difference in role strain depending upon age in only one of the three programs. In addition, there was a significant difference in role strain of all three groups depending upon whether or not there were dependent children living at home. Conclusions. This study suggests a need for continued research to examine role strain of women who are parents and also want an education and a career. Recommendations. Further studies regarding child care obligations and role strain are recommended. Additional research is needed to examine other variables such as whether the subjects are working while going to school and whether age has any affect on role strain.
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