J Korean Acad Soc Nurs Educ.  2017 Aug;23(3):309-318. 10.5977/jkasne.2017.23.3.309.

Human Rights Sensitivity, Advocacy Attitudes, and Advocacy Interventions for Mentally Disabled People in Psychiatric Nurses and Nursing Students

Affiliations
  • 1Professor, College of Nursing, Sungshin Women's University, Korea.
  • 2Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Sungshin Women's University, Korea. kclim@sungshin.ac.kr
  • 3Nurse, National Center for Mental Health, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study aimed to verify the relationship between human rights sensitivity, advocacy attitudes, and advocacy interventions for mentally disabled people in psychiatric nurses and nursing students.
METHODS
This is a descriptive study. Using questionnaires, data were collected from 206 participants who were recruited from one mental health institute, one general hospital, and one university in S city. Data were analyzed by t-test, ANOVA, Pearson's correlation coefficient using SPSS/WIN 22.
RESULTS
The mean age was 33.8±12.89. The mean scores of human rights sensitivity, advocacy attitudes, and advocacy intervention was 37.7±18.09, 53.7±5.67, and 47.4±7.08, respectively. Human rights sensitivity correlated significantly with advocacy attitudes (r=.25, p=.020) and advocacy intervention (r=.17, p=.015). Also, there was a significant positive correlation between advocacy attitudes and advocacy intervention (r=.44, p<.001).
CONCLUSION
These findings highlight that advocacy attitudes and advocacy interventions for mentally disabled people could be improved by increasing human rights sensitivity. Tailored education programs will be effective in the field of mental health care services to increase human rights sensitivity.

Keyword

Human rights sensitivity; Attitude; Advocacy intervention; Psychiatric nurse; Nursing students
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