Developing psychosocial mindedness and sensitivity to mental health issues among primary care nurses using the Balint group method.

S. Rabinowitz, T. Kushnir, J. Ribak

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Abstract

This study empirically evaluated the impact of a Balint group for primary care nurses on awareness of mental health and psychosocial issues and professional psychosocial efficacy. Thirteen female primary care nurses working in community clinics participated in a year-long fortnightly Balint group led by two psychologists at a regional school of nursing. Cases were presented and analyzed to highlight emotional and cognitive components and processes. Changes in professional psychosocial efficacy were assessed with the Psychological Medical Inventory (PMI). Efficacy components were (a) psychosocial abilities, (b) psychosocial sensitivity. Changes in these components and in perceived mental health topics were assessed over three time points: at initial interview, midway through group and at the end. Significant positive changes were found on both efficacy components at the final measure compared to baseline. This study indicates the beneficial effects of this method in training primary care nurses in psychosocial efficacy. It also highlights the importance of ongoing long-term training programs for mental health and psychosocial efficacy in this professional group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-286
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Volume31
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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