The Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research’s Journal Club: Review 4

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This study investigated differences between general nurses, psychiatric nurses and lay people, in relation to their personal standards concerning, and beliefs about, how they should respond to people with schizophrenia. Evidence of these differences is examined in the following three domains: thinking, feeling and behaving. Significant differences were identified between the response types and the different response domains. Significant interaction effects were also identified based on participants' professional status in nursing. The authors argue that their results support Devine's (1989) theory concerning the automatic activation of stereotypes and their controlled inhibition in favour of different personal beliefs. The authors additionally argue that professional socialization in psychiatric nursing facilitates this process in relation to people with schizophrenia.


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