Sources of stress experienced by occupational therapists and social workers in mental health settings

Lloyd, Chris, McKenna, Kryss, & King, Robert (2006) Sources of stress experienced by occupational therapists and social workers in mental health settings. Occupational Therapy International, 12(2), pp. 81-94.

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This study examined the sources of stress experienced by occupational therapists and social workers employed in Australian public mental health services and identified the demographic and work-related factors related to stress using a cross-sectional survey design. Participants provided demographic and work-related information and completed the Mental Health Professionals Stress Scale. The overall response rate to the survey was 76.6%, consisting of 196 occupational therapists and 108 social workers. Results indicated that lack of resources, relationships and conflicts with other professionals, workload, and professional self-doubt were correlated with increased stress. Working in case management was associated with stress caused by client-related difficulties, lack of resources, and professional self-doubt. The results of this study suggest that Australian occupational therapists and social workers experience stress, with social workers reporting slightly more overall stress than occupational therapists.

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ID Code: 46466
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: case management, mental health, occupational therapists, social workers, stress
DOI: 10.1002/oti.17
ISSN: 0966-7903
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Whurr Publishers Ltd.
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2005 Whurr Publishers Ltd.
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 04:52
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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