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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2014;23(1):21-27.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2014.23.1.21    Published online March 31, 2014.
Effect of Spiritual Well-being on Mental Health in Nursing Students.
Nae Young Lee, Ji Young Han
Department of Nursing, Silla University, Busan, Korea. hanjy@silla.ac.kr
The aim of this study was to identify the correlation between spiritual well-being and mental health and to examine the effect of spiritual well-being on mental health in nursing students. METHODS: Between October 2011 and November 2012 nursing students (n=193) in 2 universities in 2 cities completed measures of spiritual well-being and mental health. Data were collected using questionnaires and analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient, and multiple regression with the SPSS/Win 20.0 program. RESULTS: All variables correlated significantly with each other in the positive direction: mental health was correlated with existential well-being (r=.72) and religious spiritual well-being (r=.23). The factor influencing mental health was existential well-being (beta=.70, p<.001). Existential well-being explained 51.0% of nursing students' mental health. CONCLUSION: The results of the study indicate that spiritual well-being of nursing students is related to mental health. Especially, existential well-being has a major effect on mental health in nursing students. Therefore, it is necessary to develop strategies which strengthen existential well-being in order to improve perspective nursing students.
Key Words: Students nursing; Spirituality; Mental health


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