A 35-item version of the caring dimensions inventory (CDI-35): multivariate analysis and application to a longitudinal study involving student nurses

R Watson, I J Deary, A L Hoogbruin

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The present study was designed to investigate the perceptions of caring among student nurses and how these develop throughout the course of a programme of pre-registration nurse education. A 35-item version of the caring dimensions inventory was administered to a cohort of nursing students in a department of nursing in Scotland at entry to the programme, after 12 months and after 24 months on the programme. Caring was largely perceived through a technical dimension, demonstrated by factor analysis, but other dimensions such as intimacy, support and unnecessary and inappropriate aspects of nursing also became apparent as students progressed through the programme. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-521
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001


  • care
  • caring
  • nursing
  • factor analysis
  • longitudinal study

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