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ERIC Number: ED567698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 74
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3395-1474-1
Exploring the Relationship between Perceived Stress and Facebook Groups among Nursing Students
Gell, Susan E.
ProQuest LLC, D.N.P. Dissertation, Gardner-Webb University
Stress has been identified as an issue experienced by nursing students. The literature review revealed an abundance of research on college student stress, social support, and social media. The perceived presence of social support has been shown to mediate the stress response, and more recent research revealed that social networks facilitated by the use of Facebook positively correlates to perceived social support. When considering the strong connection between perceived social support and perceived stress, the potential benefits of using a social media-based student group as a stress management tool was motive for further inquiry. The intent of this pilot study was to explore whether the level of engagement in a Facebook group influenced the perceived stress in a convenience sample of nursing students enrolled in their first semester of an Associate Degree Nursing program. Utilizing a pre/post-test single-group design, the students were invited to join a private Facebook group lasting seven weeks. Perceived stress was assessed in the initial phase of the study and at midterm, along with self-reported Facebook engagement levels. The data collection instruments included a demographic questionnaire, the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and a project administrator-developed Facebook engagement questions. The findings indicated that there were no statistically significant relationships between Facebook engagement and perceived stress scores. In fact, this study revealed that nursing students experienced an increase in perceived stress scores at statistically significant levels. Also significant was a strong, positive correlation of baseline pretest and posttest midterm PSS scores, suggesting that other factors were influencing the nursing students' perceived stress levels. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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