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ERIC Number: ED309347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Perceptions of and Attention to Collegial Impairment: A Preliminary Study.
Steward, Robbie J.; And Others
Mental health practitioners across the nation are faced with many stressors resulting from daily personal and professional challenges, including the emotional pain experienced by clients. While the literature has examined facets of client distress, little has been written concerning practitioners' experiences of distress. This study had two objectives. The first objective was to develop a profile of a collegial definition of "impairment." The second objective was to identify the responses of professionals when encountering these impaired colleagues. A total of 35 counselors drawn from American Psychological Association approved university counseling centers completed a questionnaire. Participants were requested to describe three events or situations in which a colleague was perceived as engaging in personally and/or professionally detrimental behaviors. The results identified five distinct categories of impairment: role stressors; organizational stressors; psychological/physical health factors; chemical use/abuse; and legal/ethical issues. The findings suggested that to some extent colleagues intervene based upon category of concern, existence of guidelines, and/or perceived potential change. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A