RESEARCH ARTICLE


Relationships and Predictors of Resilience, Social Support, and Perceived Stress among Undergraduate Nursing Students



Shaher Hamaideh1, *, Abdallah Abu Khait1, Hanan Al Modallal1, Malakeh Malak2,
Rami Masa’deh3
, Ayman Hamdan-Mansour4, Mohammed AL Bashtawy5
1 Community and Mental Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
2 Community Health Nursing, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
3 Faculty of Nursing, Applied Science Private University, Amman, Jordan
4 Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
5 Community Health Nursing, Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq 25113, Jordan


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* Address correspondence to this author at the Community and Mental Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan; E-mail: shaher29@hu.edu.jo


Abstract

Background

Nursing students experience high levels of stress. Therefore, they need to have adequate levels of resilience and social support to overcome the negative consequences of perceived stress.

Objective

The objective of the study is to assess the levels, relationships, and predictors of resilience, social support, and perceived stress among Jordanian nursing students.

Methods

A descriptive, cross-sectional design was employed. Data were collected from 150 Jordanian nursing students chosen conveniently using the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS).

Results

The mean total score of resilience was 71.61, with one-third of the participating students being resilient. Results indicated moderate levels of social support and perceived stress. A significant positive correlation was found between resilience and social support, and significant negative correlations were found between perceived stress and resilience and social support. Differences in resilience, social support, and perceived stress were found in regard to some demographics. Also, different independent variables predicted resilience, social support, and perceived stress.

Conclusion

Students reported low levels of resilience and moderate levels of perceived stress and social support. Therefore, conducting programs that aim to improve resilience techniques is crucial for nursing students. Special attention should be directed toward social support, especially from family members.

Keywords: Resilience, Social support, Perceived stress, Nursing students, Jordan, Academic workload, Profession strictness.