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ERIC Number: EJ918716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Work Stress, Burnout, and Social and Personal Resources among Direct Care Workers
Gray-Stanley, Jennifer A.; Muramatsu, Naoko
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v32 n3 p1065-1074 May-Jun 2011
Work stress is endemic among direct care workers (DCWs) who serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Social resources, such as work social support, and personal resources, such as an internal locus of control, may help DCWs perceive work overload and other work-related stressors as less threatening and galvanize them to cope more effectively to prevent burnout. However, little is known about what resources are effective for coping with what types of work stress. Thus, we examined how work stress and social and personal resources are associated with burnout for DCWs. We conducted a survey of DCWs (n=323) from five community-based organizations that provide residential, vocational, and personal care services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants completed a self-administered survey about their perceptions of work stress, work social support, locus of control, and burnout relative to their daily work routine. We conducted multiple regression analysis to test both the main and interaction effects of work stress and resources with respect to burnout. Work stress, specifically work overload, limited participation decision-making, and client disability care, was positively associated with burnout (p less than 0.001). The association between work social support and burnout depended on the levels of work overload (p less than 0.05), and the association between locus of control and burnout depended on the levels of work overload (p less than 0.05) and participation in decision-making (p less than 0.05). Whether work social support and locus of control make a difference depends on the kinds and the levels of work stressors. The findings underscore the importance of strong work-based social support networks and stress management resources for DCWs. (Contains 6 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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