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J Pediatr Nurs. 2018 Jan - Feb;38:e47-e52. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2017.10.007. Epub 2017 Nov 11.

Predictors of Intention of Reporting Child Abuse among Emergency Nurses.

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1
Emergency Department, Sejong General Hospital, Bucheon, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: dlgpal19@naver.com.
2
College of Nursing, Gachon University, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: kimjisoo@gachon.ac.kr.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The current study investigates predictors of intention of reporting child abuse among emergency nurses in Korea.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

A descriptive cross-sectional design was used. Data were collected from 200 emergency nurses in eight general hospitals in Korea through a questionnaire that asked about their general characteristics, knowledge about child abuse, perceived behavioral control, experiences of child abuse cases and reporting, and attitude toward child abuse.

RESULTS:

Multiple regression analysis indicated that attitude toward child abuse was the most influential predictor of the intention of reporting child abuse among Korea's emergency nurses. Knowledge about child abuse, and perceived behavioral control were also significant influencing predictors of reporting intention. These variables explained 22.1% of the variances in the intention of reporting child abuse among emergency nurses.

CONCLUSIONS:

Reporting child abuse has not yet been established as a professional responsibility among Korea's emergency nurses. Increasing the level of awareness of the characteristics of child abuse and encouraging communication among nurses about the responsibility to report suspected child abuse will increase nurses' confidence to report.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Training for reporting child abuse should be implemented in the near future to improve emergency nurses' understanding of child abuse. A support program is also needed to help emergency nurses build confidence in reporting child abuse as a professional responsibility.

KEYWORDS:

Child abuse; Emergency department; Nurses; Report

PMID:
29137839
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedn.2017.10.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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