Archives of psychiatric nursing (Arch Psychiatr Nurs )

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


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.

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Publications in this journal

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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;
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    ABSTRACT: The present study aimed at examining the effect of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in decreasing depression symptoms in dully diagnosed males (drug dependent males with co-morbid depression).An experimental research design with pre-and post-tests and a control group was used. The sample of the study comprised 33 drug-dependent men who also endorsed depression symptoms on the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II). All the selected individuals were assigned randomly to either the intervention group or control group (16 to the intervention and 17 to the control group). The intervention group experienced eight 2-hour sessions of training in MBCT. At the end of the training, the subjects were once again evaluated using the BDI-II. Analysis of co-variance was used to analyze the data. The results suggested that MBCT did contribute to a significant decrease in the depression symptoms of the dully diagnosed individuals. It is recommended that the MBCT be used for treating depression in drug-dependent males undergoing detoxification and treatment for their drug dependence.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 05/2014;
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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.
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Currently, there is limited understanding of the etiology of BN. While multifaceted etiology is likely, several neurobiological factors may play a role. Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a potential biomarker linked to eating and weight disorders, is one factor of recent investigation. This paper examined studies comparing BDNF blood levels in BN to healthy control (HC) subjects.Methods: A systematic review of the literature was conducted utilizing five databases (PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and Medline). Key terms included eating disorders, BDNF, and bulimia nervosa.Conclusions: BDNF blood levels appear lower in BN than in HC subjects; however, studies are needed to examine the influence of possible correlates including symptom severity, mood, medications, exercise, and substance use.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2014; 28(2):108-113.
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    ABSTRACT: People with serious mental illness experience disparities in primary health care. One solution is a specialist nursing position responsible for the coordination of the primary care of people with serious mental illness. However the views of nurses regarding this proposed role are only beginning to emerge. This study reports the readability, factorability, internal consistency and responses from a questionnaire regarding the views of nurses working in a mental health setting regarding the proposed role. The questionnaire was determined to have adequate readability, and internal consistency. Nurses are positive towards the development of the role however the cost-effectiveness should be considered.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2014; 28(2):123-7.
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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.
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    ABSTRACT: This study examines the relationship between parenting and proactive versus reactive aggression among preschool children in China. Children (1164) from 10 kindergartens in Shanghai were rated by their parents and teachers using the Parent Behavior Inventory (PBI) and the Aggressive Behavior-Teacher's Checklist. Children had higher levels of reactive than proactive aggression, and older children and boys had higher levels of both proactive and reactive aggression. Hostile/coercive parenting style and low father education were significantly linked to aggression in children. These findings suggest that parenting style and type of aggression should be addressed when considering prevention and intervention.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2014; 28(2):152-7.
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    ABSTRACT: The implications of a longitudinal (5years) intervention program in a mild Alzheimer's disease (mAD) patient targeting mainly the language deficits were investigated. The program had 2 parts: the intensive one included training strategies and tasks that enhanced his impairments (memory, naming, comprehension), and the second one (the next 4years), without guidelines or teaching. The first follow up (11months later) showed significant improvements to memory, categorical verbal fluency, comprehension and written narrative ability even to untrained functions (behavior and functional ability). The second follow up (5years later) showed retained improvement to delayed memory tasks, language and general cognitive state. Long life cognitive programs retrograde the mAD and seem to maintain the independence of the patient and make remote the possibility of the institutionalization.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2014; 28(2):128-34.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper aimed to critically review and summarize empirical evidence concerning the efficacy of psychoeducation or relaxation-based stress management interventions on stress-related variables in people with mental disorders. Electronic databases were used during the literature search. Thirteen articles that fulfilled the preset eligible criteria were included in the review. Findings indicated that psychoeducation and relaxation-based interventions mitigated stress and depression; and enhanced relaxation intensity and knowledge on stress management. However, mixed results were obtained on anxiety. In addition, interventions using virtual reality technology revealed positive effects on depression, relaxation intensity and anxiety. Limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 04/2014; 28(2):94-101.
  • Archives of psychiatric nursing 02/2014; 28(1):1.
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigates the prevalence and predictors for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and posttraumatic growth (PTG) in adult survivors 1year after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Questionnaires were used to collect the data. PTSD was assessed using the PTSD Check List-Civilian (PCL-C), and PTG was assessed using the Post Traumatic Growth Inventory (PTGI). A total of 2,300 individuals were involved in the survey with 2,080 completing the questionnaire, a response rate of 90.4%. The PTSD prevalence estimate in this study was found to be 40.1%, and the prevalence for PTG among the participants was measured at 51.1%. A bivariate correlation analysis indicated that there was a positive association between PTG and PTSD. In the conclusions, possible explanations for the findings and implications for future research are discussed.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 02/2014; 28(1):67-73.
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    ABSTRACT: Since the onset of the Iraq war and Afghanistan conflicts, military healthcare teams have had increasing exposure to the traumatic effects of caring for wounded warriors, leading to a phenomenon termed compassion fatigue. The purpose of this integrative review was to develop a proposed definition for compassion fatigue in support of these teams. There is no current standardized formal definition, and this lack of clarity can inhibit intervention. Seven main themes evolved from the literature review and were integrated with the core elements of the Bandura Social Cognitive Theory Model as the first step in developing a uniformed definition.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 02/2014; 28(1):2-9.
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    ABSTRACT: French psychiatric nurses' perspectives on individuals addicted to drugs and their treatments are influenced by French socio-cultural norms. In this study, steps of the ethnographic method were used to elicit the intertwining of French professional and cultural perspectives on drug addiction. Emergent themes from nurses' interviews and cultural participant-observations suggest that drug addiction management in France's harm reduction paradigm challenges nurses' beliefs about addicted individuals' agency and conformity to treatment goals, and is influenced by European Union membership, changes in health care, drugs and demographics. Novel nursing strategies emergent from these themes might be applicable in other cultural contexts.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 02/2014; 28(1):35-42.
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    ABSTRACT: Depression is projected to become the leading cause of disability and the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease in approximately 10years. Few studies have explored the signs and symptoms of depression experienced by older African American men. Therefore, a pilot study was developed with the goal of addressing this gap in knowledge. Despite a variety of recruitment strategies, the study yielded no participants after 9months of effort. Lessons learned from the recruitment efforts and other researchers' successful techniques and strategies are discussed.
    Archives of psychiatric nursing 02/2014; 28(1):17-20.