Attitudes towards alcohol and alcohol-related problems: Comparison among nurses from different Brazilian health care settings

Marina Nolli Bittencourt, Divane de Vargas


Objective: This descriptive, exploratory study sought to compare the attitudes of nurses from different health care settings towards alcohol, alcoholism and alcoholics.

Method: A total of 526 nurses working at several Brazilian health care facilities participated in this study by answering a 96-item attitude scale. The Kruskal-Wallis test was used to compare the attitudes of the participants according to their health caresetting, and a multiple comparisons test was used to identify the groups in which this difference was statistically significant.

Results: The results showed that nurses working at specialized facilities displayed more positive attitudes towards alcoholics (working and interpersonal relations) and alcohol but negative attitudes towards alcoholism and its etiology when compared tothe other nurses.

Conclusion: This study suggests that nurses’ attitudes towards alcohol and alcohol-related problems differ depending on the health care setting; in particular, nurses working at specialized facilities tend to show more positive attitudes than nurses working in other health care facilities toward alcohol-related problems.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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