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A qualitative study into the promotion of Mental Well-being in the care sector post-pandemic

Holanda, Eliege (2022) A qualitative study into the promotion of Mental Well-being in the care sector post-pandemic. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Promoting Mental Well-being is in considerable need, especially in the post-pandemic. This research project aims to bring to light the perception and experiences of care workers currently employed by homecare companies and nursing homes, to promote a better understanding of the mental well-being culture placed in the care sector. Additionally, the purpose of this qualitative study is to provide insights into the care sector, about the importance of promoting mental well-being to care workers. The data for this study was collected through semistructured interviews with 4 care workers. Reasons for the need of promoting mental wellbeing in the care sector discussed in this study include the importance of offering care workers mental health support through better working conditions so they will be able to also deliver a high standard of care support for those in vulnerable situations. Causes of the dissatisfaction and carer shortage in this study include the working conditions of care workers, salary range and benefits and mental well-being initiatives in homecare companies and nursing homes. Other themes include the impacts of the lack of initiatives, mental well-being culture and care workers’ motivation and values. The findings indicate an urgent need for improvement in the working conditions in the care sector as well as the implementation of an appropriate mental well-being culture and mental health support for care workers that can foster mental well-being, a sense of satisfaction and a feeling of being valued in their jobs.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental well-being; workplace; care worker; employees; promotion; mental health; COVID-19
Subjects: R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Industrial Psychology > Workplace Stress
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2022 13:38
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2022 13:38

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