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The Effects on Helplessness and Recovery of An Empowerment Program for Hospitalized Persons With Schizophrenia

Authors

  • Soon Ah Park RN, PhD(c),

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD candidate, Corresponding author
    1. College of Nursing, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Gyeongsangnamdo, South Korea
    • Suncheon Eun Hospital, Suncheon, Chonnam, South Korea
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  • Kyung Mi Sung PhD, RN

    Assistant Professor, Corresponding author
    • College of Nursing & Gyeongsang Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Gyeongsangnamdo, South Korea
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement
  • The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article.
  • Kyung Mi Sung and Soon Ah Park contributed equally to this work.

Author contact:

sung@gnu.ac.kr; skmpark@yahoo.co.kr, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

Purpose

The study aim was to evaluate the effects on helplessness and recovery of an empowering program for patients with chronic schizophrenia.

Design and Methods

A repeated-measure design with a control group was used. The subjects consisted of 46 patients with schizophrenia admitted in three psychiatric hospitals in South Korea. The experimental group (n = 23) received the empowering program twice a week for 60 min, with a total of 6 weeks.

Findings

This finding revealed that the empowering program was effective on helplessness (F = 185.218, p <.001) and recovery (F = 159.402, p <.001, F = 34.154, p <.001) of hospitalized persons with schizophrenia.

Practice Implications

This study demonstrated that the empowering program can be a useful psychiatric nursing intervention.

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