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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158061
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Chronically Ill Rural Women: Social Support and Spirituality
Abstract:
Chronically Ill Rural Women: Social Support and Spirituality
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2006
Author:Hampton, Jenaneta, RN, BSN
P.I. Institution Name:Montana State University
Title:Adjunct Instructor
Contact Address:175 W. Shore Drive, Belgrade, MT, 59714, USA
Contact Telephone:406-994-7506
Purposes/Aims: Those afflicted with a chronic illness often go through great emotional and social adjustment because of the life changes that are imposed by the illness. Adaptation to these changes poses particular challenges to rural people who are at increased risk for chronic health problems and face barriers to care associated with rural living. Social support and spirituality have both been shown to be important contributors to effective emotional adjustment as part of the adaptation process. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between spirituality and social support. Background: Social support and spirituality have been shown to be important contributors to adjustment, health management, and nursing care of chronically ill people. Social support has a positive impact on an individual's emotional well-being and stress level, as well as the perception of social support and quality of life. Spirituality has been shown to help people with adjustment to illness and is used as a strategy for long term illness management. Spirituality, used as an illness management strategy, can include seeking and providing spiritual support.
Methods: This study was a secondary data analysis. The secondary analysis was conducted with data collected from the Women to Women project at Montana State University-Bozeman, a study which provided computer-based support to middle-aged women with chronic illness who lived in rural Montana. Asynchronous, computer-based communications of thirteen women were analyzed and coded for social support and spirituality content. In addition the PRQ, a social support instrument administered to the women, was analyzed. Results: It appeared through the analysis of interactions that social support and spirituality are related. All messages identified as having spiritual content were also coded as having social support content: provided, received, and sought. The theme of spirituality was present in 35% of the messages coded. Although the PRQ showed no significant difference in social support scores between the beginning and end of the computer intervention, it was noted that women who were low scoring and high scoring in the group showed differences in patterns of spiritual support. For example a woman with a high score consistently provided support, while a woman with a low score predominantly sought support. Implications: Nursing implications include acknowledging and clarifying the role that spirituality and social support play in the lives of those with chronic health conditions. Further investigation into the patterns of spiritual support associated with high and low scores on the PRQ is warranted.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleChronically Ill Rural Women: Social Support and Spiritualityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158061-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Chronically Ill Rural Women: Social Support and Spirituality</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hampton, Jenaneta, RN, BSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Montana State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Adjunct Instructor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">175 W. Shore Drive, Belgrade, MT, 59714, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">406-994-7506</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hampton@montana.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purposes/Aims: Those afflicted with a chronic illness often go through great emotional and social adjustment because of the life changes that are imposed by the illness. Adaptation to these changes poses particular challenges to rural people who are at increased risk for chronic health problems and face barriers to care associated with rural living. Social support and spirituality have both been shown to be important contributors to effective emotional adjustment as part of the adaptation process. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between spirituality and social support. Background: Social support and spirituality have been shown to be important contributors to adjustment, health management, and nursing care of chronically ill people. Social support has a positive impact on an individual's emotional well-being and stress level, as well as the perception of social support and quality of life. Spirituality has been shown to help people with adjustment to illness and is used as a strategy for long term illness management. Spirituality, used as an illness management strategy, can include seeking and providing spiritual support. <br/>Methods: This study was a secondary data analysis. The secondary analysis was conducted with data collected from the Women to Women project at Montana State University-Bozeman, a study which provided computer-based support to middle-aged women with chronic illness who lived in rural Montana. Asynchronous, computer-based communications of thirteen women were analyzed and coded for social support and spirituality content. In addition the PRQ, a social support instrument administered to the women, was analyzed. Results: It appeared through the analysis of interactions that social support and spirituality are related. All messages identified as having spiritual content were also coded as having social support content: provided, received, and sought. The theme of spirituality was present in 35% of the messages coded. Although the PRQ showed no significant difference in social support scores between the beginning and end of the computer intervention, it was noted that women who were low scoring and high scoring in the group showed differences in patterns of spiritual support. For example a woman with a high score consistently provided support, while a woman with a low score predominantly sought support. Implications: Nursing implications include acknowledging and clarifying the role that spirituality and social support play in the lives of those with chronic health conditions. Further investigation into the patterns of spiritual support associated with high and low scores on the PRQ is warranted.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:28:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:28:14Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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