Effects of a Cognitive Behavioral-Based Stress Management Program on Stress Management Competency, Self-efficacy and Self-esteem Experienced by Nursing Students

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Abstract

Nursing students’ exposure to stress negatively affects both academic and clinical performance and potentially their future as professional nurses. This pilot study measured the effects of a 10-week cognitive behavioral therapy–based stress management program, using a quasi-experimental design. Independent t tests showed positive effects of the training program compared with a control group. Students’ perceived stress management competency, self-efficacy, and self-esteem were higher 1 year after the intervention.

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