J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2015 Dec;26(4):321-329. 10.12799/jkachn.2015.26.4.321.

The Association between Bullying Experience related to Clinical Placement and Psychological Well-being in Nursing Students

  • 1College of Nursing, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea. msjung@cnu.ac.kr


This study aimed to explore the prevalence of bullying and to examine the effect of bullying on psychological well-being including depression, self-esteem, and academic major satisfaction among nursing students during clinical training.
Three hundreds one nursing students who were recruited from three universities in D City were assessed with self-report questionnaires of bullying experience and psychological well-being. Data analyses were performed using the SPSS 21.0 program, which included one-way ANOVA, independent t-test, Pearson's correlation, and multiple linear regression analyses.
More than three quarters of the participants experienced bullying during their clinical training, and their experience of being bullied was a significant predictor of psychological well-being even after controlling for perceived academic performance, relationship between nurses and students, teachers' or nurses' help to deal with bullying, and religion.
Bullying was an issue among nursing students during clinical placement. Bullying experience yielded negative psychological outcomes associated with high depression, low self-esteem, and low academic major satisfaction. Practical guidelines are required in nursing education to protect students from the possible harm of bullying in clinical settings during training.


Nursing students; Bullying; Depression; Self esteem; Personal satisfaction

MeSH Terms

Education, Nursing
Linear Models
Personal Satisfaction
Self Concept
Statistics as Topic
Students, Nursing*

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