Authors: Chelsea Todd, Ann Roche, Malcolm Bond and Ken Pidd, SA
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Talking Therapies, COMORBIDITY / DRUG & ALCOHOL ISSUES,INNOVATIONS,STRESS/ STRESS MANAGMENT
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The psychological wellbeing of the human service workforce plays an important role in the retention of skilled professionals and the sustainability of quality services. However, a form of chronic stress – burnout – is relatively common. Despite this, there is a lack of research evaluating stress and burnout interventions. To address this issue, an intervention research program was undertaken. This paper reports the first stage of this research, which involved a cross-sectional survey of 191 South Australian alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers to assess contributors to, and outcomes of, burnout and work engagement. Data obtained provided support for a contemporary psychological theory of burnout – the Job-Demands Resources Model. High job demands were associated with high levels of burnout, and low job resources were associated with low levels of work engagement. These results will inform the second stage of the research program, a randomised controlled trial of an internet-based worker wellbeing program.