Title

Nurses' attitudes and emotions toward caring for adults with intellectual disabilities: Results of a cross-sectional, correlational-predictive research study

UMMS Affiliation

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Psychiatry

Publication Date

2019-11-01

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Disability Studies | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Negative healthcare provider attitudes may contribute to healthcare disparities in adults with intellectual disabilities. This study identified predictors of nurses' attitudes and emotions toward caring for adults with intellectual disabilities in the United States.

METHOD: A convenience sample of 248 nurses was used to collect nurses' attitudes and emotions toward caring for adults with intellectual disabilities (Adapted Caring for Adults with Disabilities Questionnaire) and quality of life beliefs (Prognostic Beliefs Scale).

RESULTS: Overall, nurses held less positive attitudes toward caring for an adult with intellectual disability versus a physical disability. Intellectual disability nurses held more positive attitudes and emotions and less negative emotions than non-intellectual disability nurses. Quality of life beliefs predicted nurse attitude, positive emotions and negative emotions. The number of adults with intellectual disabilities cared for during the nurse's career predicted negative emotions.

CONCLUSIONS: Future interventions should focus on improving nurses' understanding of the quality of life of adults with intellectual disabilities.

Keywords

attitude, emotion, intellectual disability, nursing

DOI of Published Version

10.1111/jar.12645

Source

Desroches ML, Sethares KA, Curtin C, Chung J. Nurses' attitudes and emotions toward caring for adults with intellectual disabilities: Results of a cross-sectional, correlational-predictive research study. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2019 Nov;32(6):1501-1513. doi: 10.1111/jar.12645. Epub 2019 Jul 18. PMID: 31318122. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities : JARID

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

31318122

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