The impact of personality and workplace belongingness on mental health workers' professional quality of life

Somoray, Klaire, Shakespeare‐Finch, Jane, and Armstrong, Deanne (2017) The impact of personality and workplace belongingness on mental health workers' professional quality of life. Australian Psychologist, 52 (1). pp. 52-60.

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Objectives: Mental health workers are constantly exposed to their clients' stories of distress and trauma. While listening to these stories can be emotionally draining, professionals in this field still derive pleasure from their work. This study examined the role of personality and workplace belongingness in predicting compassion satisfaction, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout in mental health workers.

Methods: Mental health staff (N = 156) working in a counselling service completed a questionnaire that included measures relating to professional quality of life, the Five‐Factor Model of personality, workplace belongingness, as well as questions relating to the participants' demographic profile, work roles, and trauma history.

Results: The results indicated that high levels of emotional stability (low neuroticism), extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and being connected at work, are essential factors that promote the professional quality of life of mental health workers. Specifically, workplace belongingness was the strongest predictor of compassion satisfaction and low levels of burnout, while neuroticism was the strongest predictor of secondary traumatic stress.

Item ID: 68609
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1742-9544
Keywords: five-factor model; mental health workers; mental well-being; personality; professional quality of life; workplace belongingness
Copyright Information: © 2016 The Australian Psychological Society
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 05:46
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520399 Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 100%
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