Age Differences in Physical and Emotional Reactivity to Daily Stressors among Psychiatric Nurses

Citation:
Towab, A. S. M. A., E. A. W. Khalil, Z. A. H. Osman, and Z. Mokhtar, "Age Differences in Physical and Emotional Reactivity to Daily Stressors among Psychiatric Nurses", . Journal of American Science, vol. 8, issue 12, pp. 1501-1507, 2012.

Abstract:

Stressors encountered in daily life aspects, such as home, and work may increase
physical and emotional reactivity to stress especially in persons working in the
nursing field. Characteristics of the individual as age may limit or increase his
reactivity to daily stressors. The aim of this study is to examine the age differences in
physical and emotional reactivity to daily stressors among nurses working in AlAbbassia
Mental Health Hospital. A descriptive correlational design was utilized for
the current study. Sample of convenience of 100 psychiatric nurses working in AlAbbassia
Mental Health Hospital were divided into two groups "middle age group"
and "young age group". Four tools were utilized in the current study including sociodemographic
Data Sheet, Daily Stressors Scale, Physical Symptoms of Stress Scale,
and Psychological Distress Scale. The results showed that: middle adult group of
nurses reported physical and emotional reactivity to daily stress less than younger
adult group of nurses. The study concludes that, age plays an important role in
controlling emotional and physical reactivity to stress amongnurses working in AlAbbassia
Mental Health Hospital. Further investigation is needed to examine age
groups' difference to stress, as well as, other factors that may be influential in stress
development.

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