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Work stress and psychological well-being among nurses

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In the last two decades, there has been a tremendous surge of academic and lay interest in the topic of work stress in different professions. Based on a large survey completed in 1992, on work stress and coping among six different professional groups in Singapore, this chapter provides empirical data on nurses. There is also an attempt to examine the extent to which work stress is related to the psychological well-being of the nurses. Most of the items in the Nursing Stress Inventory (NSI) were compiled through an extensive review of the literature on stress in nursing. An abbreviated version of the questionnaire, the 12-Item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), was adopted to provide a general measure of psychological well-being. The two measures (NSI and GHQ-12) were included in a questionnaire which also contained items on socio-demographic characteristics and personality measures.

Keywords: 12-Item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12); Nursing Stress Inventory (NSI); psychological well-being; Singapore; work stress



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