Heyman, Bob, Shaw, M.P. and Harding, J. (1983) A personal construct theory approach to the socialization of nursing trainees in two British general hospitals. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 8 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 0309-2402

Student and pupil nurses (64), from an initial sample of 117, completed repertory grids questionnaires and interviews on the first day of training, at 4 and 18 months. Measures of identification attraction and ideal/actual congruence were derived from the grids. Trainees were found to become more identified with and attracted to medical roles during training and less identified with and attracted to lower-status non-medical roles such as factory worker. Ideal/ actual congruence with medical roles other than trainee also increased. Some measures derived from the grids related to trainee 'wastage' and to satisfaction with the hospital.

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