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Stress levels, coping strategies and job satisfaction among health care assistants in Ireland

Karanja, Winifred (2020) Stress levels, coping strategies and job satisfaction among health care assistants in Ireland. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Background: Previous research in Ireland has highlighted the ever-increasing need of health care mainly due to an ageing population. Health care assistants (HCAs) are an important part of the health care task force that help meet this demand. However, they are not as researched as others such as nurses despite several problems that they may be facing.
Objective: This study aims to investigate relationship between stress, coping strategies and job satisfaction in HCAs. Method: The sample consisted of 137 participants selected using convenience sampling. They completed a demographics questionnaire and three others that measured perceived stress levels, coping strategies and job satisfaction respectively. Data was then entered in SPSS for analysis. Results: Analysis indicated that there were significant correlations between perceived stress and avoidant coping strategy and between perceived stress and job satisfaction levels. Only perceived stress score total was found to uniquely predict job satisfaction levels to a statistically significantly level. HCAs with a more dominant approach coping strategy were found to have lower levels of stress as compared to ones with a more dominant avoid coping strategy. There was no difference in job satisfaction levels in relation to either coping strategy. Conclusion: HCAs are a major part of the health care work force who are being faced with several issues affecting this line of occupation, namely stress levels, coping strategies and job satisfaction levels and so it is important to understand the relationship. The current study offers a glimpse at this relationship and how this can be used to improve their well-being and make the occupation more attractive for workers.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 09:22
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 09:22
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4825

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