Unwinding, recovery, and health among social workers and caretakers at psychiatric ward
2013 (English)In: Forum för arbetslivsforskning (FALF) - Changes in Working Life: Individual, Organizational, and Methodological Perspectives, Stockholm, Sweden, June 17-19, 2013, 2013Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Modern-day working life is generally portrayed by an increasing number of people having occupational task, that by their nature, do not permit time-scheduling in a mental sense (Aronsson, 1999). Typical occupations of this kind is social workers, teachers, and caretakers at psychiatric wards. The shared factor is social interaction and where high commitment, and job involvement may lead to problems of detach after the work. These elements include various kinds of problems to which energy is drawn and on which attention is fixed even after the working day. The purpose of this study is to investigate unwinding and recuperation among social workers, caretakers at a psychiatric ward, and teachers as well as caretakers at a psychiatric school for children with mental deficit. This data represent first wave of data from an on-going intervention study conducted at two regions in Sweden, Södermanland and Östergötland. Cluster analysis was used to identify groups of individuals with similar activation-recuperation profiles. The study, group comprised of 377 employees from three organizations. Six items were used and combined to identify level of activation and recuperation during the 24-hr of each day (Figure 1). Three clusters were identified: “alert”, “in-between”, and “recuperated”. About 28% fell into the non-recuperated group, 44% in-between group, and 29% alert group. In the second analysis we investigated how the activation-recuperation profiles differed on a) symptoms of ill-health, b) illness related absence, c) organizational aspects. Preliminary analysis shows that non-recuperated group have more symptoms of ill-health, higher degree illness related absence, and poorer attendance of when sick than the others groups. Failure to recuperate was related to aspects of work the environment such as imbalance between demands-control, and work-life imbalance and illegitimate tasks and wrong task. From a preventive perspective, it is important to identify situations and processes that may lead to occupational exclusion. In the case of this group of social workers and caretakers, a pattern emerged were strongly associated with fatigue, anxiety, and failure to recuperate.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99432OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-99432DiVA: diva2:686948
Forum för arbetslivsforskning (FALF) - Changes in Working Life: Individual, Organizational, and Methodological Perspectives, Stockholm, Sweden, June 17-19, 2013.