ERIC Number: ED289087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Coping with Multiple Demands: A Study of Women Faculty in Schools of Nursing.
Perry, Gloria R.; Chaney, Judith A.
In his work on coping patterns of professionally educated women, Douglas Hall (1972) identified three major styles of coping in relation to role conflict: (1) negotiators, who enlist others to help with their work; (2) priority setters, who have their own priorities and can give up less important roles; and (3) superwomen, who try to do everything. This study examined the coping styles of 309 nurse faculty from 30 baccalaureate degree nursing programs. Respondents read and responded to nine vignettes which contained situations illustrating the balancing of roles expected in academe. Each vignette had three answers giving the respondent the choice of being a negotiator, priority setter, or superwoman. Fourteen demographic questions were also included. The results revealed that the sample group most often chose negotiation as a coping pattern. The majority (92%) negotiated with family or other support people to take over some of their roles at various times. The hypothesis that there would be a significant relationship between preference for negotiation type coping and a well-developed social support system was supported. The hypothesis that there would be a significant relationship between preference for priority type coping and the presence of a mentor was not supported. Support systems, mentorship, and commitment to academic role in nursing were all examined. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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