Hart, Ann M.
M.S. (Master of Science)
School of Nursing
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the level of self-esteem and the use of personal space by nurses It was theorized that nurses with high levels of self-esteem would maintain less interpersonal distance between themselves and a patient than nurses with low levels of self-esteem. The sample consisted of at Northern Illinois University. The Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory was administered to the subjects to obtain a self-esteem score for each individual. Two measures of personal space were obtained for each subject, using the approach technique in simulated nursing situations. The score obtained on the Self-Esteem Inventory and the two measures of personal space were the data analyzed. The means and standard deviations for each group of measures were calculated, and Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients were computed between the self-esteem scores and each of the two measures of personal space. Statistically significant negative correlations were revealed between the self-esteem scores obtained for the subjects and the personal space used by them in the simulated nursing situations. It was concluded from these results that nurses with high levels of self-esteem are likely to use less personal space in nursing situations than nurses with low levels of self-esteem.
Horton, Lois M., "Self esteem and utilization of personal space by baccalaureate students of nursing" (1973). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4859.
iv, 51 pages
Northern Illinois University
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