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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-84

Effectiveness of bibliotherapy for stress reduction among nursing students: An experimental study

1 MSc Nursing Student (at the time of submission), Narayana Hrudayalaya College of Nursing, Bangalore, India
2 Principal, Narayana Hrudayalaya College of Nursing, Bangalore, India

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Stress experienced by nursing students is well documented, and is a result of multi-factorial aspects involving the cognition, emotion, and volition. Stress can adversely affect their performance. Bibliotherapy is found effective in the management of stress. Hence an experimental approach was used to assess the effectiveness of bibliotherapy in the management of stress experienced by nursing students in a selected college of nursing in Bangalore. A sample of 120 students who were randomly selected and assigned to the experimental and control groups participated in the study. The stress was measured using a standardized tool called ‘Student Nurses Stress Index’ which had a reliability score of Cronbach alpha of .7 when used among students in UK. The findings revealed that the groups matched in terms of the pretest stress scores. The independent “t” test was used to assess the effectiveness of bibliotherapy and the t value was 2.70 which was significant at < .05 level of significance. Paired “t” test was also done to assess the effectiveness within the group and it was found to be 2.09 significant at < .05 level of significance. There was no significant association between stress and selected demographical variables. The study implies that nursing students should be encouraged to use bibliotherapy as a means of handling the stress experienced.

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