Archives of psychiatric nursing (Arch Psychiatr Nurs)

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

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 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'
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Depression and anxiety are one of the most common causes of morbidity, social dysfunction, and reduced academic performance in college students. The combination of improved surveillance and access to care would result in better outreach. Brief screening tools can help reach larger populations of college students efficiently. However, reliability and validity of brief screeners for anxiety and depression have not been assessed in college students. Thus, the purpose of this study was to assess in a sample of college students the psychometric properties of PHQ-4, a brief screening tool for depression and anxiety. Undergraduate students were recruited from general education classes at a Midwestern university. Students were given a questionnaire that asked them whether they had been diagnosed by a doctor or health professional with anxiety or depression. Next, they were asked to respond to the items on the PHQ-4 scale. A total of 934 students responded to the survey (response rate = 72%). Majority of the participants were females (63%) and Whites (80%). The internal reliability of PHQ-4 was found to be high (α = 0.81). Those who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety had statistically significantly higher scores on PHQ-4 (p < 0.01). Corrected item total correlations for PHQ-4 were between r = 0.66 and r = 0.80. PHQ-4 operating characteristics were estimate and Area Under the Curve (AUC) values were 0.835 and 0.787, respectively for anxiety and depression. The PHQ-4 is a reliable and valid tool that can serve as a mass screener for depression and anxiety in young adults. Widespread implementation of this screening tool should be explored across college campuses.
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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.
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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.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Archives of psychiatric nursing
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    ABSTRACT: This aim of this preliminary experimental study was to integrate effective evidence-based community-care services that are subjected to heavy caseloads, and to then examine the effects on individuals with schizophrenia. Using a cluster sampling method, four homecare nurses were randomly assigned to either the experimental group or the comparison group. The nurses in the experimental group applied the following six identified effective elements: (1) established an alliance with their patients; (2) assessed patient-care needs; (3) considered both medical and social-care practices; (4) addressed patients’ self-management of medication and their daily tasks; (5) provided crisis intervention; and (6) coordinated resources. The patients comprised 85 individuals with schizophrenia. In the experimental group, psychiatric homecare nurses were randomly assigned to implement integrated, evidence-based community-care services during a six-month follow-up period. Patients in the comparison group continued to receive their customary community care. In the experimental group, patient satisfaction scores, medication attitudes, and general functioning levels were significantly higher than in the comparison group. These preliminary findings indicate a potentially effective model for community care in areas where intensive case management cannot be provided.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Archives of psychiatric nursing
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: The recovery model has influenced mental health services and fostered new standards for best practice. However, knowledge about how mental health care professionals (HCPs) experience recovery-oriented programs is sparse. Aim/question: This paper explores HCPs' experiences when facilitating a recovery-oriented rehabilitation program. The research question is how do HCPs experience a change in their attitude and practice when applying recovery-oriented programs? Methods: This paper draws on semi-structured in-depth qualitative interviews conducted with 16 HCPs experienced in facilitating a recovery-oriented rehabilitation program in either the USA or Denmark. Results: Three themes emerged from the HCPs' reflections on changes in attitudes and practices: "Hopeful Attitude" captures a change in the HCPs' attitude toward a more positive view on the future for clients' living with mental illness; "A New Focus in the Dialogue With Clients" thematizes how the HCPs focus more on the individual's own goal for recovery rather than disease-induced goals in the dialog with clients; "A Person-Centered Role" comprises a shift in the professional role whereby the HCPs value the client's own ideas in addition to the professional's standards. Conclusion: This study supports the theory of the recovery model by its empirical findings and indications that when facilitating a recovery-oriented program, HCPs experience recovery-oriented changes in their attitude toward life with mental illness, and it alters their professional practice toward a stronger focus on client's own goals during treatment. More studies are needed to further clarify how changes in HCPs' attitudes translate into changes in mental health practices.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Archives of psychiatric nursing
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    ABSTRACT: We examined public and personal stigma among a community sample of 1,000 women living in primarily rural counties of Western Kentucky. Data on demographics, depression, stigma, health information sources, and availability of health services were collected via a random digit dial survey. The prevalence of depression was 15.7%. The majority of respondents (82.2%) reported congruent levels of stigma with 11.6% reporting high public and high personal stigma. However, 17.8% of respondents reported incongruent public and personal stigma. The 7.5% of women with low public and high personal stigma were older and less educated, preferred anonymous sources of health information, and reported better availability of health services. The 10.3% of women with high public and low personal stigma were younger and more educated, preferred interpersonal sources of health information, and reported poorer availability of health services. In multivariate analyses, depression and lower education were associated with any incongruent stigma, while rural residence and White race/ethnicity was associated with high personal and public stigma. Psychiatric nurses should develop community-based and targeted, point-of-care interventions to reduce public and personal stigma among rural women.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Although the parent-adolescent relationship has been studied intensely, predictors and consequences of changes in the quality of the relationship across time have not been examined. Objectives: This study examined the role of parent depression on changes in the parent-adolescent relationship, defined as support and conflict, and subsequent effects of relationship change on adolescent psychosocial outcomes including risky behavior, substance use, depressive symptoms, and hopelessness. Method: Using data from a large prevention study, the sample included 110 youth at risk for high school drop out from the control condition; the sample was 48.2% of female, with a mean age of 15.9years. The data, gathered from adolescents and their parents across a period of approximately 18months, were analyzed using growth mixture modeling. Results: Three distinct trajectories for parent-adolescent conflict (high-decreasing, low-increasing, low-stable trajectory) were identified as well as a single growth model for support, which revealed a slight decline in support across time. Parent depression was a significant predictor of perceived support, but not of membership in trajectories of conflict. Low parent-adolescent support was associated with adolescent depression and hopelessness measured 18months post-baseline. Adolescents in the low but increasing conflict trajectory and those having a parent with depression reported increased depression and hopelessness 18months later. Discussion: Parent-Adolescent support and conflict were associated with adolescent emotional outcomes, particularly depression and hopelessness. The findings provide evidence that will inform prevention strategies to facilitate parent-adolescent support, minimize the negative impact of relationship conflict, and thereby promote healthy psychosocial outcomes for at-risk adolescence.
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    ABSTRACT: Semi-structured interviews with 13 forensic psychiatric inpatients that had decreased their assessed risk of violence were analyzed using interpretive description. The main contribution from this study is a detailed description of patients' own strategies to avoid violence. Participants described having an ongoing inner dialog in which they encouraged themselves, thereby increasing their self-esteem and trying to accept their current situation. An unsafe and overcrowded ward with uninterested and nonchalant staff increased the risk of aggressive behavior. In the process of decreasing violence, the patients and the forensic psychiatric nursing staff interacted to create and maintain a safe environment.
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    ABSTRACT: This study deals with stigmas towards mental illness, individuals with mental illness, psychiatric nurses, and the role of psychiatric nursing within the nursing profession. Responses from 108 psychiatric nurses and 108 non-psychiatric nurses indicated that stigmas towards mental illness, individuals with mental illness, and the role of psychiatric nursing, are more prevalent among non-psychiatric nurses; associations between these stigmas were found among both psychiatric and non-psychiatric nurses. The findings suggest that both psychiatric and non-psychiatric nurses harbor associative stigma related to the practice of psychiatric nursing. Implications are discussed.
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    ABSTRACT: The diverse experiences of severely mentally ill persons, most of the times, have not been taken into account, or integrated to the treatment procedures. This meta-synthesis aimed to examine what is like to live with severe mental illness narratives by employing a meta-ethnographic synthesis of seventeen published peer reviewed qualitative studies. Third order analysis revealed as core theme “An ongoing struggle for reconciliation with the self and the illness”. Other themes included amongst others: loss of identity, pain of having had one’s life stolen, being an outcast. The identification of the importance of the alterations of self-identity throughout the continuum of the severe mental disorder may be the focus of targeted psychosocial interventions.
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the team-based learning (TBL) instructional approach on learning outcomes in an undergraduate psychiatric mental health (PMH) nursing course. An uncontrolled, before and after design was employed. Data were collected over eight consecutive semesters (N=347) before and after implementation of TBL. Two variables were selected for comparison before and after implementation: scores on PMH portion of the Evolve® practice exit examination and time (in hours) students reported preparing for class. After implementation, students scored higher on the PMH practice exit examination and reported increased study time. Qualitatively, students reported enjoying working in teams despite the increased study time required with the TBL method.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Archives of psychiatric nursing