Date of Award

Fall 1981

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

This essay presents a theoretical definition of the nursing diagnosis, Spirirtual Distress. Indicators of spiritual distress are developed through a review of literature using Stallwood and Stoll's five basic needs for relationship as a framework. An instrument to measure distress of the human spirit in the responsive adult is developed from the indicators. Preliminary reliability and validity testing is reported.

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