Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Horsburgh, M.


Health Sciences, Nursing.




Aim. This descriptive study examined Ontario ED nurses' knowledge about, and attitudes towards, parasuicide. The phenomenon of nursing agency provided a useful framework to examine the relationships among the basic conditioning factors (age, gender, sociocultural orientation, clinical specialty, resource availability, nursing education, professional and personal experiences), knowledge about, and attitudes towards, parasuicide. Methods. A random sample of 400 Ontario ED nurses, stratified by gender, was surveyed by mail. A total of 113 ED nurses completed the survey for a response rate of 28%. Demographic information was collected and research instruments included the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire (Domino, MacGregor, & Hannah, 1988-1989; Rogers & DeShon, 1992, 1995), the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (Crowne & Marlowe, 1960), and the Hollingshead Four Factor Index of Social Status (Hollingshead, 1978). Open-ended questions were also used to examine professional and personal experiences with parasuicide. Responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics, frequency tables, bivariate correlations, hierarchical multiple regression, and content analysis. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .W38. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 1060. Adviser: Martha Elizabeth Horsburgh. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.