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The College of Saint Elizabeth is a private Roman Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college for women. It is located in an unincorporated community called Convent Station, in Morris Township, New Jersey. A large portion of the college's campus extends into the neighboring town of Florham Park.There are about 500 part-time undergraduate, 650 full-time undergraduate, and 300 graduate students. About 50 men attend the college part-time. As of the 2004–2005 academic year, 1,976 total students were enrolled, with 668 in the Women's College. Wikipedia.


Checton M.G.,Rutgers University | Checton M.G.,College of Saint Elizabeth | Greene K.,Rutgers University | Magsamen-Conrad K.,Rutgers University | And 3 more authors.
Families, Systems and Health | Year: 2012

This study is framed in theories of illness uncertainty (Babrow, A. S., 2007, Problematic integration theory. In B. B. Whaley & W. Samter (Eds.), Explaining communication: Contemporary theories and exemplars (pp. 181-200). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum; Babrow & Matthias, 2009; Brashers, D. E., 2007, A theory of communication and uncertainty management. In B. B. Whaley & W. Samter (Eds.), Explaining communication: Contemporary theories and exemplars (pp. 201-218). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum; Hogan, T. P., & Brashers, D. E. (2009). The theory of communication and uncertainty management: Implications for the wider realm of information behavior. In T. D. Afifi & W. A. Afifi (Eds.), Uncertainty and information regulation in interpersonal contexts: Theories and applications, (pp. 45-66). New York, NY: Routledge; Mishel, M. H. (1999). Uncertainty in chronic illness. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 17, 269-294; Mishel, M. H., & Clayton, M. F., 2003, Theories of uncertainty. In M. J. Smith & P. R. Liehr (Eds.), Middle range theory for nursing (pp. 25-48). New York, NY: Springer) and health information management (Afifi, W. A., & Weiner, J. L., 2004, Toward a theory of motivated information management. Communication Theory, 14, 167-190. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.2004.tb00310.x; Greene, K., 2009, An integrated model of health disclosure decision-making. In T. D. Afifi & W. A. Afifi (Eds.), Uncertainty and information regulation in interpersonal contexts: Theories and applications (pp. 226-253). New York, NY: Routledge) and examines how couples experience uncertainty and interference related to one partner's chronic health condition. Specifically, a model is hypothesized in which illness uncertainty (i.e., stigma, prognosis, and symptom) and illness interference predict communication efficacy and health condition management. Participants include 308 dyads in which one partner has a chronic health condition. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. Results indicate that there are significant differences in (a) how patients and partners experience illness uncertainty and illness interference and (b) how appraisals of illness uncertainty and illness interference influence communication efficacy and health condition management. We discuss the findings and implications of the study. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) © 2012 American Psychological Association. Source


Venetis M.K.,Purdue University | Greene K.,Rutgers University | Checton M.G.,College of Saint Elizabeth | Magsamen-Conrad K.,Bowling Green State University
Journal of Health Communication | Year: 2015

In this article, the authors use the Disclose Decision-Making Model to explore cancer-related topic avoidance among cancer patients and their partners. Participants include 95 dyads in which 1 partner had been diagnosed and/or treated for cancer. Variables of interest include death-, future-, sexuality-, and burden-related topic avoidance and dimensions of the Disclosure Decision-Making Model including information assessment, receiver assessment, relational quality, and discloser efficacy. Data were analyzed using linear regressions. Findings suggest that lack of reciprocity and efficacy are predictors of topic avoidance. The authors discuss implications of findings and suggests direction for future research. Copyright © 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source


Checton M.G.,Rutgers University | Checton M.G.,College of Saint Elizabeth | Greene K.,Rutgers University
Psychology, Health and Medicine | Year: 2015

Americans are living longer, and many are managing at least one chronic illness. Having people with whom to disclose health information is a salient component of managing a chronic health condition, such as heart disease. The purpose of this study is to explore differences in elderly patients health disclosures by target (i.e. disclosing to a partner vs. another person). Elderly patients (>age 60) with a diagnosed heart-related condition (n = 273) completed a survey regarding sharing information about their health condition. Results indicated significant differences between the two groups in perceived support; breadth, depth, and frequency of disclosures; and disclosure of psychological/emotional symptoms, physical symptoms, and talk about heart-healthy behaviors. No significant differences were found between the two groups for relationship quality and efficacy. Patients who reported sharing information with a partner reported significantly more health information disclosures compared to patients who reported sharing information with another person. © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Source


Tataw D.B.,College of Saint Elizabeth
Social Work in Public Health | Year: 2014

This article describes and assesses the implications of policy decisions affecting health provider capacity in the Los Angeles County municipal safety-net health system from 1980 to 2000. Although never articulated in law or a county ordinance, the county pursued a sustained and discernable policy of cost reductions that affected capacity at King/Drew Medical Center from 1980 to 2000 without the input of beneficiaries or their advocates. Year after year, the county reduced personnel, supplies, and available beds either by reducing formal budgets or through operative actions of facility administrators that prevented the implementation of formally approved expenditures. This policy appears to have undermined the hospital system's mission of providing health services to at-risk populations with nowhere else to go. Decision making during the two decades under study revealed a decision-making pattern that challenged traditional models of policy decision making. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source


Checton M.G.,College of Saint Elizabeth | Greene K.,Rutgers University
Journal of Family Nursing | Year: 2014

This study is grounded in theories of information management. Patients with a diagnosed heart-related condition (N = 253) completed a survey regarding their perceptions of sharing/not sharing information with a partner about their health condition. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results indicated that although most patients reported sharing "everything" with their partner, others reported not sharing certain topics such as health issues and physical symptoms/ailments. In addition, patients who reported sharing everything with a partner reported significantly greater communication efficacy, and breadth, depth, and frequency of communication about a heart-related condition compared with those who reported not sharing certain topics. Finally, as hypothesized, there were no significant group differences in terms of sharing specific physical and psychological health information. We discuss the findings and implications of the study for nursing practice. © The Author(s) 2014. Source

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