An explanaton of the coping strategies used by community psychiatric nurses in Wales

Anne Fothergill, David Coyle, Deborah Edwards, Ben Hannigan, Philip Burnard

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    Six hundred and fourteen Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs) were surveyed to estimate the extent to which they used various coping strategies in order to reduce occupation-related stress. A questionnaire booklet, which included a number of validated measures and the Psychnurse methods of coping questionnaire, were used. ‘Having a stable home life that was separate from work’ and ‘knowing that my life outside of work is healthy, enjoyable and worthwhile’ were methods used most in order to cope with work-based stress. ‘Through having team supervision’ and ‘by having confidential one to one supervision’ were the methods used the least. The mean overall coping scores were significantly higher for females and those who felt that they had job security. Those people who scored higher on the coping test instrument were significantly more likely to be older and have worked within the field of community mental health for longer. The current drive towards clinical supervision promoted through policy initiatives, appears not to be supported by these findings. The implications for CPN services and for further study are highlighted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-67
    Number of pages9
    JournalNursing and Health Sciences
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


    • Adaptation, Psychological
    • mental health services
    • psychiatric nursing
    • Stress, Psychological


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