Objectives : Group social skills training (group SST) was used for teaching in patients with eating disorder to be more assertive. The purpose of this study is to assess the effect on the nursing staff's participation in this program. Methods : Changes in the degree of assertiveness were measured in the participant group (7 subjects who participated 3 times or more) and the non-participant group (7 subjects) by use of the Rathus Assertion Inventory and an assertiveness check sheet. The participant and non-participant groups were compared prior to participation, immediately after the final session, and 12 months after the final session. Results : Overall assertiveness significantly improved immediately after participation (p=0.01). "Nurse to nurse" and "nurse to patient" assertiveness also significantly improved at this time (p=0.03 for both). When surveyed 12 months later, the significant changes observed in the participant group had disappeared. However, in the members of the participant group who had participated at least five times, the significant changes continued (p=0.03). Conclusion : Less than five group SST sessions were effective in increasing the assertiveness scores of the nursing staff members immediately after participation, but the changes were not longstanding. In the members who participated at least five times, however, the changes continued for at least 12 months.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|