Moral stress, moral climate and moral sensitivity among psychiatric professionals

Lützén, Kim, Blom, Tammy, Ewalds-Kvist, Béatrice and Winch, Sarah (2010) Moral stress, moral climate and moral sensitivity among psychiatric professionals. Nursing Ethics, 17 2: 213-224. doi:10.1177/0969733009351951

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Author Lützén, Kim
Blom, Tammy
Ewalds-Kvist, Béatrice
Winch, Sarah
Title Moral stress, moral climate and moral sensitivity among psychiatric professionals
Journal name Nursing Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-7330
Publication date 2010-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0969733009351951
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 17
Issue 2
Start page 213
End page 224
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 2910 Issues, ethics and legal aspects
Abstract The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between work-related moral stress, moral climate and moral sensitivity in mental health nursing. By means of the three scales Hospital Ethical Climate Survey, Moral Sensitivity Questionnaire and Work-Related Moral Stress, 49 participants’ experiences were assessed. The results of linear regression analysis indicated that moral stress was determined to a degree by the work place’s moral climate as well as by two aspects of the mental health staff’s moral sensitivity. The nurses’ experience of ‘moral burden’ or ‘moral support’ increased or decreased their experience of moral stress. Their work-related moral stress was determined by the job-associated moral climate and two aspects of moral sensitivity. Our findings showed an association between three concepts: moral sensitivity, moral climate and moral stress. Despite being a small study, the findings seem relevant for future research leading to theory development and conceptual clarity. We suggest that more attention be given to methodological issues and developing designs that allow for comparative research in other disciplines, as well as in-depth knowledge of moral agency. Copyright © 2011 by SAGE Publications
Keyword Moral climate
Moral sensitivity
Moral stress
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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