Archives of psychiatric nursing Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses. SERPN Division, WB Saunders

Journal description

The Archives of Psychiatric Nursing disseminates knowledge that is of interest to psychiatric and mental health care nurses. The field is considered in its broadest perspective, including theory, practice and research applications related to all ages, special populations, settings, and interdisciplinary collaborations in both the public and private sectors. Through critical study, expositions, and review of practice, APN is a medium for clinical scholarship to provide theoretical linkages between diverse areas of practice.

Current impact factor: 0.85

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.852
2013 Impact Factor 1.032
2012 Impact Factor 0.92
2011 Impact Factor 0.921
2010 Impact Factor 0.977
2009 Impact Factor 0.897
2008 Impact Factor 0.732
2007 Impact Factor 0.734
2006 Impact Factor 0.702
2005 Impact Factor 0.527
2004 Impact Factor 0.45
2003 Impact Factor 0.403
2002 Impact Factor 0.476

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.31
Cited half-life 7.90
Immediacy index 0.19
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.38
Website Archives of Psychiatric Nursing website
Other titles Archives of psychiatric nursing (Online), Archives of psychiatric nursing
ISSN 1532-8228
OCLC 45488911
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

WB Saunders

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    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/07/2015
    • 'WB Saunders' is an imprint of 'Elsevier'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Archives of psychiatric nursing 09/2015; 29(5):257. DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.08.013
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    ABSTRACT: This preliminary study aimed to describe approaches used to resolve the health challenge of abrupt widowhood when one's spouse was killed in the socio-political conflict areas in South Thailand. A story theory was used to guide content analysis from an interview of a middle-aged Muslim widow. Four main approaches were identified including accepting support from close friends and family, connecting with her Muslim faith, holding on to concern for her children's well-being, and reaching out to other widows. The findings could be used to guide an appropriate intervention for improving mental health outcomes for Thai widows.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 09/2015; 29(5):361-362. DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.07.007
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    ABSTRACT: In 1995, South Korea passed the Mental Health Act, and since this time it has developed many mental health policies and facilities. The aim of this study is to understand and explore the experience of nursing students in the changed psychiatric practice environment since 1995. The present study is a qualitative thematic analysis. Interviews were conducted with 11 third and fourth grade nursing students who had experienced psychiatric practice in South Korea. A thematic analysis of 11 in-depth student interviews identified three themes: 'orientation before psychiatric practice', 'facing the mental hospital', and 'change and choice'. After practicing, nursing students developed positive attitude regarding psychiatry. Educators will have to focus more on education and support in order for the students to maintain positive attitude throughout their experience. The research herein shows that the role of the educators and psychiatric nurses is extremely important for nursing students in the elimination of a negative attitude towards psychiatry.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 09/2015; 29(5):355-360. DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.06.005
  • Archives of psychiatric nursing 08/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.08.018
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of Secondary Traumatic Stress/Compassion Fatigue (STS/CF), Burnout (BO) and Compassion Satisfaction (CS) in psychiatric nurses, and their risk factors. The Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL R-IV) and a demographic and work related characteristics questionnaire were distributed to 174 psychiatric nurses in 12 public hospitals in Greece. The majority of participants were at the high risk category for STS/CF (44.8%) and BO (49.4%), while only 8.1% of nurses expressed high potential for CS. Awareness of the factors associated with STS may help nurses to prevent or offset the development of this condition.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 06/2015; 29(5). DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.06.001
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    ABSTRACT: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are sources of psychological distress for caregivers who take care of people with dementia. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between BPSD and the burden on formal caregivers of nursing homes in South Korea. Results showed that the total severity score of BPSD had a statistically significant positive correlation with the total distress score. Agitation/Aggression was the most distressing symptom for registered nurses and care workers. These findings suggest that there is a need for improved treatments for BPSD, to help mitigate its burden on formal caregivers.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 06/2015; 29(5). DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.06.004
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    ABSTRACT: In order to provide culturally authentic healthcare, psychiatric-mental health nurses and other professionals must familiarize themselves with the culture-specific syndromes, idioms of distress, beliefs and practices that may present among the diverse patient groups with whom they work. Psychiatric conditions relating to the Jamaican belief in "Obeah" are specific, culturally-interpreted phenomena that psychiatric nurses may encounter among Jamaican patients. This paper describes the phenomenon of Obeah and its influences on the worldview of life, health, illness; psychiatric conditions in the form of culture-bound syndromes; and help-seeking behaviors throughout Jamaican cultural communities. Inability to understand the obeah-illness concept from a culturally-interpreted perspective may be constrictive and result in less-than-optimal care. Armed with the knowledge of the concept of Obeah from a core belief perspective, how it influences psychiatric presentations, and embracing its significance to the Jamaican health belief model will assist in building a workable, caring, best-practice framework aimed toward a clinical and practice paradigm for this unique folk-health belief system. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2015; 29(2):83-89. DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2014.11.002
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To compare quality of life (QoL) ratings of long term forensic psychiatric care patients with the ratings of psychiatric nurses, in which the nurses indicate how they think the patient would answer. Methods: Agreement on QoL-scores according to the Forensic inpatient Quality of Life Questionnaire (FQL) was investigated for seventy- seven pairs of patients and psychiatric nurses from two forensic psychiatric long-care facilities where QoL is seen as an important treatment goal. This study also examined whether the amount of agreement was related to specific patient characteristics and characteristics of the patient- psychiatric nurse relationship. Results: On group level, only small and mostly non-significant differences were found between patients' and psychiatric nurses' mean QoL scores. However, pairwise comparisons revealed poor agreement between patients' and nurses' QoL scores for half of the domains and moderate agreement on the other half of the domains, except for Leave, which was the only domain on which patients and their nurses had similar scores. Patient characteristics such as type of offence and type of psychopathology were negligibly related to the level of agreement. However, characteristics of the patient-nurse relationship such as age of the nurse and length of the patient-nurse relationship did influence the amount of consensus between patients' and proxies' QoL-scores significantly. Conclusions: Nurses were not sufficiently able to accurately estimate their patients' QoL experience and could probably benefit from a training aimed at assessing QoL of their patients and how to support their patients in optimizing their QoL themselves.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 01/2015; 29(3). DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.01.004
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    ABSTRACT: Extant quantitative research on loneliness among homeless youth has grouped loneliness with other elements of psychological distress. The current study seeks to determine if loneliness has a different relationship with resilience than does psychological distress among street youth. Using data from 47 participants, linear regression was conducted. Results indicate that homeless youth experiencing higher psychological distress reported lower resilience scores. However, levels of resilience are not significantly associated with feelings of loneliness when psychological distress was accounted for. This study has implications for how researchers and clinicians conceptualize and address feelings of loneliness among homeless youth.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 08/2014; 28(4). DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2014.05.004
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    ABSTRACT: Background Health care reform promotes delivery of mental health care in the community. Outpatient mental healthcare professionals (HCPs) are pressured to discharge patients. This study’s purpose: to understand the experience and perceptions of mental HCPs with discharge planning and transitioning patients into community care. Methods Twelve HCPs participated in semi-structured qualitative interviews. Findings Three main categories: engaging in the discharge planning process, making the transition smooth, and guiding values emerged. A conceptual framework was created to explain the phenomenon. Conclusion HCPs valued strengthening partnerships and building relationships to ensure smooth transition. Sufficient resources and trust imperative for safe patient discharge.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 08/2014; 28(4). DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2014.05.002
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    ABSTRACT: Background and Purpose Hope has a powerful influence on living. This pilot study compared three measures of hope and one hopelessness measure, and examined their associations with a measure of anxiety. Methods In this cross-sectional study, 23 adult mental health patients ≥ 18 years old completed the: Herth Hope Index, Miller Hope Scale, Snyder Hope Scale, Beck Hopelessness Scale, and STAI-S, STAI-T. Results Cronbach's alpha from each instrument ranged from 0.85 to 0.96. Correlations ranged from -.802 to .780.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 08/2014; 28(4). DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2014.05.005
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    ABSTRACT: Suicide caring competence is important for family caregivers to care their relatives with suicidal tendencies. The purpose of this study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of the Suicide Caring Competence Scale (SCCS) for family caregivers in Taiwan. A 20-item SCCS was tested on 165 family caregivers. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that five subscales with 19 items best fit the data. The Cronbach’s α and test-retest reliability of the SCCS was 0.90 and 0.81, respectively. The SCCS demonstrated acceptable construct validity and reliability. Nurses can use the SCCS to assess the suicide caring competence of family caregivers.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 08/2014; 28(4). DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2014.05.001
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    ABSTRACT: People with serious mental illness (SMI) have heightened rates of chronic physical disease. This study aimed to identify what nurse and organisational factors predict physical health care provided by nurses in contact with consumers with SMI, through a survey in Australia (N=643). Statistical analyses revealed that physical health care could be accounted for in terms of nurse views on consumer health, rights and nurse role ideal ('nurses should be involved in physical health care'), and organisational factors. However, organisational factors may be more important in determining physical health care than views and perceptions about consumers, roles and ideals.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2014; 28(2):87-93. DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2013.11.001
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    ABSTRACT: Women family members of adults with serious mental illness are at great risk for emotional distress. This study examined associations between characteristics of 60 women (age, race, and education), their relatives with mental illness (age, diagnosis, and years since diagnosis), and the family situation (relationship, living arrangements, and care provided) and symptoms of emotional distress. Depressive symptoms were greater among those with younger, non-sibling relatives. Anxiety was greater among Caucasians and those with a recently diagnosed family member, particularly bipolar disorder. Anger was associated with providing direct care. The findings are informative for tailoring interventions to minimize emotional distress in future family caregivers.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2014; 28(2):102-7. DOI:10.1016/j.apnu.2013.11.003