J Korean Acad Soc Nurs Educ.  2023 May;29(2):170-179. 10.5977/jkasne.2023.29.2.170.

The effects of nurses’ communication styles, nurse-mother partnerships, and mothers’ anxiety on coping of hospitalized children’s mothers

  • 1Senior Nurse, Department of Nursing, Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital
  • 2Professor, Department of Nursing, Korean Bible University


This descriptive study aimed to identify the contribution of nurses’ communication styles, nurse-mother partnerships, and mothers’ anxiety levels to the coping of mothers of hospitalized children, with the goal of establishing effective intervention strategies based on these factors.
Data were collected using a structured questionnaire from July 12 to October 29, 2018. The study’s participants were 200 hospitalized children’s mothers in the pediatric ward of a university hospital.
The coping of hospitalized children’s mothers showed a significant relationship with nurses’ informative communication style (r=.26, p<.001), affective communication style (r=.28, p<.001), nurse-mother partnership (r=.50, p<.001), authoritative communication style (r=-.28, p<.001), and mothers’ anxiety (r=-.23, p=.001). A multiple regression analysis (adjusted R2=.32) indicated that the factors affecting the mothers’ coping included nurse-mother partnership (β=.47, p<.001), another caregiver (yes) (β=.17, p=.006), and mothers’ subjective health status (very healthy) (β=.15, p=.047).
Considering that the formation of cooperative partnerships between mothers and nurses found in this study had a positive effect on the mothers’ coping skills, it appears necessary to develop and implement programs for improving nurses’ communication skills and ability to form partnerships, beginning from undergraduate education.


Nurses, Mothers, Coping skill, Partnership practice, Communication; 간호사, 어머니, 대처, 파트너십, 의사소통
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