RESEARCH ARTICLE


Determinants of Moral Distress Among Mental Health Professionals



Jumana Shehadeh1, *, Obay Almaraira2, Ayman Hamdan-Mansour1
1 Department of Community Nusing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
2 Department of Community Nursing, Al-Farabi College, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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© 2022 Shehadeh et al.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of community nusing, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; E-mail: jumana_shehadeh@yahoo.com


Abstract

Background:

It is assumed that understanding moral distress and its correlated factors among mental health professionals would enhance understanding of the ethical dilemmas that mental health professionals are confronting.

Objectives:

To identify moral distress determinants among Jordanian mental health professionals working in psychiatric in-patient settings.

Methods:

A cross-sectional descriptive design was used, employing self-administered questionnaire.

Results:

Two- steps multiple hierarchical regression analysis showed that model 1 that includes the demographic characteristics, was significant with R2 = .151, while in model 2 that included demographics and the psychological characteristics of stress factors, it was found to be also significant R2 = .243.

Conclusion:

Morally distressing environments might diminish the quality of psychiatric care provided as well as the job satisfaction among healthcare providers.

Keywords: Moral distress, Mental health, Determinants, Psychological characteristics, Hospitalization, Psychiatric professionals.