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The psychological health and wellbeing of Australian healthcare professionals


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Cragg, KJ 2018 , 'The psychological health and wellbeing of Australian healthcare professionals', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The purpose of this study was to predict the psychological outcomes (compassion fatigue, job satisfaction, compassion satisfaction, resilience) of Australian healthcare professionals using a salutogenic approach. Between-group differences in health professional’s psychological wellbeing were examined, as were possible moderation effects between the significant work environment predictors and pathogenic outcomes. A total of 380 participants accessed an online survey which measured ways of coping, resilience, job satisfaction, professional quality of life, and psychological distress. Work environment factors (nature of work, process, pay, benefits), adaptive (problem solving, acceptance, social support) and maladaptive (escape avoidance, confrontative coping, responsibility, self-control) coping strategies, and psychological distress were among the variables contributing to health professional’s psychological outcomes. Between-group differences were limited to a select few categories (sex, relationship status, mental health status). All salutogenic outcomes (compassion satisfaction, job satisfaction, resilience) moderated the relationship between at least one predictor and pathogenic outcome. Future research is needed to confirm the results of the present study and to evaluate the effectiveness of proposed interventions.

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Cragg, KJ
Keywords: Salutogenesis, Compassion Fatigue, Coping, Job Satisfaction, Resilience
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