Attachment styles of nursing students: A cross-sectional and a longitudinal study


Kaya N.

NURSE EDUCATION TODAY, cilt.30, ss.666-673, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.01.001
  • Dergi Adı: NURSE EDUCATION TODAY
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.666-673

Özet

Objective: This research included two consecutive studies, the first of which aimed to examine university nursing students' attachment styles and to study a set of variables that affect their attachment styles, while the second study aimed to identify the effect of nursing education on nursing students' attachment styles.

Objective

This research included two consecutive studies, the first of which aimed to examine university nursing students’ attachment styles and to study a set of variables that affect their attachment styles, while the second study aimed to identify the effect of nursing education on nursing students’ attachment styles.

Methods

This research was conducted as a cross-sectional survey with nursing students from a school of nursing in Turkey. The research also included a longitudinal follow-up of first year students, to evaluate the effect of nursing education on attachment styles. Data were collected by using a “Personal Information Form” and “Relationship Scales Questionnaire”.

Results

Nursing students’ personal characteristics of age, longest place of residence, and economic status; family characteristics of number of siblings and families’ longest place of residence; and romantic characteristics of any current romantic relationships and the number of past romantic relationships were found to be the factors that were influential in attachment styles. In addition, the nursing students had a statistically significant decrease in their insecure attachment style mean scores at the end of nursing education.

Conclusion

Assessing attachment styles may be a potentially useful way to understand and counsel nursing students.