Authors: Julie Vine, Lina Shahwan-Akl and Phillip Maude, VIC
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CLINICAL ISSUES, WORKFORCE, WORKPLACE
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This is a mixed methods exploratory design study into nurses’ attitudes and beliefs about self-injuring individuals and their knowledge about how to care for clients who self-injure. General, Mental Health and Enrolled nurses employed in Australian services were invited by email through various professional organisations to complete a web-based questionnaire. The questionnaire used in phase one is a combination of Patterson, Whittington and Bogg’s Self-Harm Antipathy Scale (2007) and McAllister, Creedy, Moyle and Farrugia’s Attitudes Towards Deliberate Self-Harm Questionnaire (2002).These were developed into a 43 item Self-Injury Attitude Scale (SIAS). Data from the first 180 participants is currently being analysed using quantitative methods. This was followed up with phase two in which an invitation was extended to all respondents to have a one to one interview with the researcher. Twenty four respondents were interviewed to gain meaningful insights into the participants’ experiences and shared understanding of self-injury. Conclusions include regular clinical support for nurses, and in-house education.