Influence of a poverty simulation on nursing student attitudes toward poverty

Joanne Noone, Stephanie Sideras, Paula Gubrud-Howe, Heather Voss, Launa Rae Mathews

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This study aimed to determine a poverty simulation's influence on nursing students' attitudes toward poverty. Five cohorts of baccalaureate nursing students participated in the study; two cohorts (experimental group, n = 103) participated in the simulation and three did not (control group, n = 75). The Attitudes Towards Poverty Short Form was administered before the simulation and 6 weeks later; higher scores indicated more positive attitudes toward poverty. Experimental group pretest scores were higher. Higher pretest global scores were negatively correlated with religious affiliation (Spearman's rho = -0.294, p = 0.000) and positively correlated with prior poverty exposure (Spearman's rho = 0.284, p = 0.000) and liberal political views (Spearman's rho = 0.444, p = 0.000). Controlling for pretest differences, posttest mean scores for the experimental group (78.73) were significantly higher (p = 0.007). The poverty simulation is an engaging learning experience providing an opportunity for students to gain sensitivity in working with this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-622
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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