EMİNE YILMAZ
(Bingöl Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, Psikiyatri Hemşireliği Anabilim Dalı, Bingöl, TÜRKİYE)
Yıl: 2020Cilt: 12Sayı: 2ISSN: 1308-092X / 2146-8893Sayfa Aralığı: 236 - 243İngilizce

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Attitudes Toward Infertility and Empathy Levels of Nursing Students
Objective: The diagnosis of infertility negatively affects the individual's integrity, individual autonomy and social bonds. Thus, the infertile individual cannot share his / her thoughts, feelings and experiences loneliness, hopelessness, anger,depression. The nurse can observe these reactions of the patient; however, understanding these reactions and revealing the cause is only possible by the empathic approach. This study was conducted to determine attitudes toward infertility and empathy levels in nursing students. Material and Methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted at Bingöl University. The study sample consisted of 190 nursing students. Data collection tools included a questionnaire form, Jefferson Empathy Scale for Nursing Students and Attitude Towards Infertility Scale. Results: The mean age of the participants was 20.44±1.50 years, 125 (65.8%) were female, 103 (54.2%) stated that infertility cannot be treated, and 155 (82%) expressed that women should apply for treatment first if the couple cannot have a baby. Attitude mean score was 44.24±7.66 (min/max 12-60), empathy mean score was 91.51±17.44 (min/max 18-126).We identified a positive relationship between total scores for the positive attitude infertility and the empathy scales (r=.301**p<0.001). Conclusion: The empathy level of the students was moderate and they had a positive attitude toward infertility. Male students have more negative attitudes toward infertility and less empathy than female students
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