Issues in Mental Health Nursing (Issues Ment Health Nurs )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Issues in Mental Health Nursing is a refereed journal designed to expand psychiatric and mental health nursing knowledge. It deals with new, innovative approaches to client care, in-depth analysis of current issues, and empirical research. Because clinical research is the primary vehicle for the development of nursing science, the journal presents data-based articles on nursing care provision to clients of all ages in a variety of community and institutional settings. Additionally, the journal publishes theoretical papers and manuscripts addressing mental health promotion, public policy concerns, and educational preparation of mental health nurses. International contributions are welcomed.

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    Issues in mental health nursing, Mental health nursing, Comprehensive psychiatric nursing
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Publications in this journal

  • Issues in Mental Health Nursing 01/2014; 35(5).
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    ABSTRACT: The study aimed to analyze the clinical aspects of the treatment of crack cocaine and excessive alcohol users who were seen in a Psychosocial Care Center of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAPS AD) in Sobral, Ceará, during the years 2010 and 2011. This is an exploratory descriptive and documentary study, with a retrospective quantitative approach. The sample was composed of 567 medical records of drug users, from which 291 were crack cocaine users, and 276 were alcohol users. For data collection, a form was developed based on the Care Script Service, the data from which was then used to populate a database in an EPI INFO 7, a statistics software system. In both groups of users, males were predominant (85%, n = 482), and were between the ages of 20 and 29 years for crack users (50.9%, n = 148), and between 30 and 39 years for alcohol users (31.9%, n = 88). There were significant differences between crack cocaine users and alcohol users in liver disorders (p p p
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 01/2014; 35(5).
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    ABSTRACT: Problem-solving interventions are not routinely offered to persons with schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs). Telephone calls and text messages are potential avenues to offer problem solving support. This study compared the effect of telephone calls only, text messages only, and both telephone calls and text messages on individuals’ symptoms and medication adherence. Thirty outpatient participants with SSDs were randomly assigned to weekly telephone calls, daily text messages, or both for three months. Participants received monthly in-home pill counts and symptom assessments. Repeated measures ANOVA was significant (F (4,26) = 4.2, p = 0.005) for symptom scores. Further work with larger, more diverse, samples is needed.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 01/2014; 35(5).
  • Issues in Mental Health Nursing 01/2014; 35(4).
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    ABSTRACT: As the trend in relocation to congregate housing continues, protecting the well-being of relocating elderly becomes a major concern. The relationships of perceived choice, predictability, perceived social support, cognitive appraisal, and coping strategies on relocation adjustment were examined through semistructured interviews with elders relocating to a congregate setting in New York state. Perceived choice in relocation, predictability, perceived social support from family and neighbors, and cognitive appraisal of the move as threat or challenge were found to correlate significantly with adjustment. The majority of subjects viewed the move to a congregate setting positively, predominantly as a challenge, and as different but not extremely difficult. This study provides increased research-based understanding of the factors influencing postrelocation adjustment and fuller understanding of the personal meaning of the relocation experience that may be used to aid the successful transition of an older person to a group residential setting.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 14(2):157-72.
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    ABSTRACT: Seclusion continues to be used as a last resort in many acute in-patient mental health facilities, hence, mental health nurses must consider a range of strategies to improve seclusion practice. This article reviews selected literature to glean relevant information to provide to patients regarding seclusion protocols, rationales, and aims. Some postseclusion debriefing, nurse education, and organizational monitoring issues are also briefly discussed. The provision of supplementary written patient information about seclusion processes has the potential to decrease patient anxiety and fear. This initiative involves collaboration with consumer consultants to creatively develop effective solutions to some long-standing patient-identified problems associated with the experience of seclusion.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 24(5):575-85.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between trait and state anxiety experienced during hospitalization for an acute myocardial infarction and self-care behaviors several weeks after the infarction. Sixty-two male (n = 39) and female (n = 23) subjects were interviewed during their hospital stay and again 3 months after discharge. State and trait anxiety were measured by the Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory Test. Medication, exercise, smoking, diet, and stress management self-care were measured by Miller's Health Behavior Scale. The findings revealed low correlations between trait anxiety and exercise performance, medication administration, stress management, and smoking cessation behavior, and between state anxiety and smoking behavior. The findings were interpreted in light of the conceptual differences between state and trait anxiety, and suggest that mental health interventions during hospitalization should emphasize teaching patients to manage their own anxiety instead of directly intervening to reduce current levels of anxiety among this population.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 15(4):433-44.
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents a theoretical model derived by synthesizing research findings relevant to maternal perceived support, maternal attachment, infant well-being, and infant attachment. The model, depicting possible predictors that facilitate positive mother-infant relations as well as outcomes of the dyadic relationship, may be used to plan interventions to promote healthy mother-infant relationships. Implications for nursing practice are described.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 17(3):185-200.
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    ABSTRACT: Environmental factors related to physical assault by patients were examined to identify clinical implications warranting further investigation and to test methodology. The concepts of ward conditions (degree of patients' illness, numbers of patients and staff) and ward climate were the focus of the study. Participants were patients and nursing staff on two acute and four long-term psychiatric units in a large neuropsychiatric hospital. Patients and staff were asked to complete the Ward Atmosphere Scale to assess ward mood and climate. Each assault incident was identified from the daily nursing ward report. With each assault occurrence, the nurse manager was asked to complete a questionnaire about environmental conditions at the time of the assault. Most assaults occurred during meal times and afternoons. The most frequent locations were ward corridors and dayrooms. There appeared to be an inverse relationship between assault frequency and number of staff. Crowding rather than total number of patients per ward was suggested as a factor related to assault. Degree of patient acuity seemed to be inversely related to assault frequency. There were suggested trends between assault frequency and a low score on autonomy and a high score on staff control. Clinical implications, ideas for further research, and improved design measures are suggested. The challenge to understand and control this complex phenomenon remains a critical issue for inpatient nursing care.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 15(3):319-35.
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    ABSTRACT: This article reviews qualitative research published within the past 15 years based on women's first person accounts of their abuse experiences. Battered women's accounts of their experiences in abusive relationships aid in understanding why they stay, how they cope, and how others can help. Women's views of the emotional consequences of battering, the process of leaving, and the impact of social systems and community resources were consistent. Other themes in the literature were abuse in pregnancy, women who fight back, substance use, sex after beatings, family origins, and women who are elderly, minority, or from other cultures. Future research is needed on minority and affluent women, as well as the role of batterer's patriarchal attitudes and religious beliefs. Practice suggestions include expanding screening and parent education to pediatricians' offices and schools.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 19(6):525-39.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to ascertain the effect of nurse high prizing and nurse low prizing during group therapy in changing the self-concept of institutionalized aged persons. The hypothesis tested was that institutionalized aged clients participating in group therapy who receive nurse high prizing will show an increase in self-concept as measured by the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale (TSCS) when compared with those aged clients in the same settings participating in group therapy who receive nurse low prizing or those aged clients constituting the matched control groups. The study used an existing data source generated from the research of Williams and Lindell to conduct a secondary analysis of a variable not previously investigated. Mean difference scores from the posttest total self-concept score and subscales of the TSCS were analyzed in conjunction with the levels of prizing within the experimental and control groups. Using the Scale for Rating Prizing, two nurse raters judged the degree of prizing on 40 randomly extracted video segments. The findings indicated that 47.1% of those subjects who received low prizing decreased in self-concept; 68.4% of those who received high prizing increased in self-concept. No change in self-concept was noted in the control group. Findings were significant at the .0001 level. Investigating the effect of nurse high and low levels of prizing on client self-concept completes the Rogerian trilogy of therapist-offered conditions with this same sample of subjects. Extension of previous studies adds to the ever-growing body of nursing knowledge and increases the certitude, casualty, and generalizability of such investigations.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 13(1):1-17.
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    ABSTRACT: This research was undertaken to assess spiritual well-being as an internal coping resource to buffer the effects of uncertainty on psychosocial adjustment among 94 persons with diabetes mellitus. Five instruments were used to collect data; descriptive, correlational, multivariate, and content analysis procedures were used for data analysis. A predicted negative relationship between uncertainty and spiritual well-being was supported, with a stronger relationship between the existential well-being component of spiritual well-being and uncertainty than the religious well-being component. Uncertainty explained 43% of the variance in psychosocial well-being; existential well-being added an additional 10%, suggesting that it serves as a buffer between uncertainty and psychosocial well-being. The findings suggest that spiritual well-being may be an important internal resource for persons forced to adjust to uncertainty related to long-term health problems such as diabetes mellitus.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 17(3):217-31.
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    ABSTRACT: This study was designed to answer the following questions: (1) Among recently discharged psychiatric patients was medication compliance influenced by the locus-of-control orientation held by the patient? (2) Would the recently discharged psychiatric patients be more compliant in taking their medications if they placed a high value on health? (3) Would discharged clients be more compliant in taking medications if they received patient education than if they did not, and would medication compliance increase if patients' education were congruent with their locus-of-control orientation. A sample of 33 patients discharged from inpatient care and receiving an oral form of a major tranquilizer participated. Subjects were assigned to three groups: a control group, a nondirective patient-education group, and a directive patient-education group. Rotter's I-E Scale and Health Value Survey were administered. Percentage of medication compliance was determined. The percentage of medication compliance among recently discharged psychiatric patients was not influenced by the patients' locus-of-control orientation. Subjects who placed a high value on health were more compliant than those who placed a low value on health. The difference in percentage of compliance was not statistically significant in relation to the patient education method.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 3(4):305-17.
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    ABSTRACT: This concept analysis examines how the concept of intimacy has been defined in the scholarly literature in order to determine what characteristics or necessary conditions exist that differentiate this phenomenon from all other phenomena. The objective of this concept analysis is to derive a theoretical definition of intimacy that can then be used to operationalize the concept for research. Intimacy is of significance to psychiatric nursing theory because (a) intimacy has been identified as being important to the psychosocial development of adults; (b) intimacy plays a developmental role in identity formation, through the consensual validation of personal worth by providing individuals with the opportunity to feel understood and accepted as they are, within the relationship; (c) research indicates that married couples reporting a deficiency or an absence of intimacy have a significantly higher proportion of symptoms of a nonpsychotic emotional illness; (d) failure to develop intimacy in relationships has been identified as one of the most common factors for seeking outpatient psychotherapy; and (e) intimacy has been identified as a key component in individuals' satisfaction with their social support. The theoretical definition for intimacy is this: a quality of a relationship in which the individuals must have reciprocal feelings of trust and emotional closeness toward each other and are able to openly communicate thoughts and feelings with each other. The conditions that must be met for intimacy to occur include reciprocity of trust, emotional closeness, and self-disclosure. As the literature does not uniformly incorporate physical intimacy as a necessary condition for the concept of intimacy, physical closeness was not incorporated into the definition.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 12(1):19-30.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this project was to evaluate, using a constructivist qualitative design, an individual stress management intervention based on a stress-coping model and intended for family caregivers of elderly persons within the current context of the shift to ambulatory care. This nursing intervention comprised seven weekly encounters with caregivers following their elderly family member's discharge from hospital and a follow-up visit one month after. The aim of the qualitative evaluation was to document the feasibility and acceptability of the content of the intervention, its relevance in terms of process and structure, and the benefits to the principal stakeholders. This action research project was a case study of four participants. The assessment instruments included an intervention analysis grid, a diary, and a semistructured interview guide with the participants. Data analysis drew on Guba and Lincoln's (1989) method which made it possible to refine the intervention. Results underscored that certain implementation conditions must be respected in order to ensure the intervention's acceptability and feasibility. Above all, it must remain flexible and the nurse must possess the requisite clinical skills and theoretical knowledge. It is important also to screen judiciously for caregivers likely to benefit from the intervention. The pertinence of using a circular intervention model rather than a linear approach to stress management was highlighted as well.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 23(7):691-713.
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines the relationship between anxiety, depression, quality of life, and performance of suggested self-care behaviors among older adult myocardial infarction survivors. Interviews were conducted with 94 adults aged 65 years and older. The Profile of Mood States was used to measure anxiety and depression. Quality of life was measured with the Perceived Quality of Life scale. The Health Behavior Scale was used to measure performance of suggested self-care behaviors (modify diet, administer medications, manage stress, exercise, and reduce smoking). Depression scores accounted for 49% of the variance in quality of life scores. Depression scores predicted each of the self-care behavior scores. Anxiety scores did not predict quality of life scores or any self-care behavior score. Findings suggest that mental health interventions should become an integral part of formal cardiac rehabilitation programs soon after the infarction; interventions for depression long after the infarction are needed as well.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 12(4):321-31.
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined relationships between the ability to recognize facial affect and affective intensity in women with Borderline Personality Disorder. Women hospitalized with borderline personality disorder and community women without psychiatric disorder (n s = 35/group) were recruited via convenience sampling. The Pictures of Facial Affect and the Affect Intensity Measure were administered to consenting women. Hypotheses related to differences in recognizing facial affect were supported, but further exploration indicated that selected negative emotions accounted for the statistical significance. Implications for practice and research are explored.
    Issues in Mental Health Nursing 07/2009; 25(7):655-72.