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ERIC Number: EJ857849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Investigating Burnout and Psychological Well-Being of Staff Working with People with Intellectual Disabilities and Challenging Behaviour: The Role of Personality
Chung, Man Cheung; Harding, Carly
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v22 n6 p549-560 Nov 2009
Background: The present research extended previous research by broadening the dimensions of personality traits, and focusing on burnout and psychological well-being among staff working with people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour. Methods: This is a cross-sectional survey in which 103 staff completed questionnaires measuring clients' challenging behaviour according to staff perception, as well as staff burnout, psychological well-being and personality traits. Results: Regression analyses showed that staff perception of challenging behaviour predicted burnout. Controlling for challenging behaviour, three personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion and conscientiousness) predicted burnout and psychological well-being. Conclusions: Personality traits can affect the degree of burnout and poor psychological well-being that staff may experience. Staff should be informed about the role that their personality traits can play in their well-being. Training programmes for staff should incorporate the complex relationship between personality traits and well-being. Further studies should aim at identifying other personality traits that could increase or decrease resilience of staff working in this area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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