Organisational belongingness mediates the relationship between sources of stress and post-trauma outcomes in fire-fighters

Armstrong, Deanne, Shakespeare-Finch, Jane E., & Shochet, Ian M. (2016) Organisational belongingness mediates the relationship between sources of stress and post-trauma outcomes in fire-fighters. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research Practice and Policy, 8(3), pp. 343-347.

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Previous research with emergency service workers has examined the relationship between operational and organisational stress and negative indicators of mental health, and generally found that organisational stress is more strongly related to pathology than operational stress. The current study aimed to create and test a model predicting both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and posttraumatic growth (PTG) simultaneously in a sample of fire-fighters (N = 250). The results found that the model demonstrated good fit for the data. In contrast to previous research operational stress was directly related to PTSD symptoms, while organisational stress was not. Organisational stress was indirectly related to PTG, through the mediating role of organisational belongingness. This research identified organisational belongingness as a good target for psychosocial interventions aimed at promoting positive adaptation following the experience of trauma in emergency services.

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ID Code: 87797
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: fire-fighters, posttraumatic growth, PTSD, belonging, stress
DOI: 10.1037/tra0000083
ISSN: 1942-9681
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 American Psychological Association
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2015 01:22
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 11:37

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