Writing about stress: the impact of a stress-management programme on staff accounts of dealing with stress

van Oorsouw, W. M. W. J., Embregts, P. J. C. M., Bosman, A. M. T. and Jahoda, A. (2014) Writing about stress: the impact of a stress-management programme on staff accounts of dealing with stress. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(3), pp. 236-246. (doi: 10.1111/jar.12066) (PMID:23852620)

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Abstract

<b>Background</b> Helping staff serving clients with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour to cope with stress has implications for their own well-being and for the lives of those they support.<p></p> <b>Method</b> This study examined staff members' views of stress and the effectiveness of a stress-management intervention. Effectiveness was assessed using written assignments regarding stress management, and changes in views presented were tested in a pre- and post-test control group design.<p></p> <b>Results</b> In the first phase, a content analysis was conducted across groups, which revealed that participants expressed a broad variety of views about stress and coping mechanisms, with considerable individual differences. In the second phase, a more fine-grained quantitative analysis was conducted to assess training effectiveness. Results showed an increase in the proportion of coping strategies referred to by the experimental group post-training. This positive change remained at follow-up.<p></p> <b>Conclusions</b> The results of the content analysis and the outcome data have implications for staff training.<p></p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jahoda, Professor Andrew
Authors: van Oorsouw, W. M. W. J., Embregts, P. J. C. M., Bosman, A. M. T., and Jahoda, A.
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1360-2322
ISSN (Online):1468-3148

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