Causes and alleviation of occupational stress in child care work

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Abstract

Occupational stress in not a new phenomenon in the working population. However, in the helping professions it has only recently attracted attention. The survey reported here was carried out in order to assess the extent of occupational stress, identify its causes, and suggest ways in which occupational stress can be alleviated. Field social workers working in family and child care services took part in this study. The questionnaire devised for this survey included the General Health questionnaire. The findings showed that social workers experience more stress than would be expected in the general population. Consistent with a Demand?Control?Support model, this was mainly caused by high workloads, high staff turnover, and insufficient leadership and support.\nOccupational stress in not a new phenomenon in the working population. However, in the helping professions it has only recently attracted attention. The survey reported here was carried out in order to assess the extent of occupational stress, identify its causes, and suggest ways in which occupational stress can be alleviated. Field social workers working in family and child care services took part in this study. The questionnaire devised for this survey included the General Health questionnaire. The findings showed that social workers experience more stress than would be expected in the general population. Consistent with a Demand?Control?Support model, this was mainly caused by high workloads, high staff turnover, and insufficient leadership and support.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild Care in Practice
PublisherRoutledge
Pages213-224
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)1357-5279
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004

Publication series

NameChild Care in Practice
Volume10

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