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Never underestimate SES workers : volunteers : a case in point

Gow, Kathryn M., Shipley, Felicity, & Pritcha, Francine (2008) Never underestimate SES workers : volunteers : a case in point. In Gow, Kathryn & Paton, Douglas (Eds.) The Phoenix of Natural Disasters : Community Resilience. Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 123-146.

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Abstract

While the main emphasis of the chapter is on the ways that emergency services (ES) volunteers cope, it also explores the concept that ER protocols, or the lack thereof, may reinforce resilience, or during critical incidents add sufficient strain to produce burnout among ES volunteers. While the overall findings of our reaearch reveal an ongoing and amazing resilience in ES volunteers, it will be postulated that where there are no organizational protocols to provide the rules for all types of rescue situations and outcomes, the level of stress on some volunteers can be very great. Qualitative accounts from volunteers give us an insight into why they volunteer, what they gain from working in the emergency services area and tips on how to stay sane under stressful conditions.

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ID Code: 18501
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Emergency Services, SES volunteers, Coping, Natural disasters
ISBN: 9781604561616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 11 May 2009 09:57
Last Modified: 11 May 2009 09:57

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