Assessment of hospital-related stress in children and adolescents admitted to a psychiatric inpatient unit

David L. Causey, Mimi McKay, Carolyn Rosenthal, Cindy Darnell

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Problem: The assessment of hospital-related stressors experienced by child and adolescent patients on a psychiatric inpatient unit. Subjects: Child and adolescent inpatients IN = 40) admitted to an acute, short-term psychiatric unit. Methods: A newly developed stressor survey was administered to subjects to identify the most problematic stressors. Correlation analyses were used to assess associations between hospital-related stress and adjustment variables. Findings: Broad domains and specific items of the most problematic hospital-related stressors were revealed. Also, higher levels of hospital-related stress were consistently associated with poorer hospitalbased adjustment. Conclusions: Implications for treatment include identifying hospital-related stressors for individual patients and providing interventions to enhance coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998



  • Child psychiatric hospitalization
  • Coping
  • Hospital adjustment
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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