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Title: Occupational stress and wellbeing in the underwater mission unit/Hellenic Coast Guard-Greece
Author: Perrotis, Konstantinos
ISNI:       0000 0004 7229 9400
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2014
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Accumulating evidence has shown that occupational stress has been one of the most crucial factors in the organisational world. The current research aims to investigate occupational stress in a very demanding, both physically and psychologically, Special Forces Unit, namely the Underwater Mission Unit of the Hellenic Coast Guard, using a mixed method research design. Ninety-one Special Forces members with an age range between 21-50 years participated in the study. ASSET (A Short Stress Evaluation Tool) questionnaire providing information on a number of work related stressors and stress outcomes was administered to the participants. Further, 12 Special Forces members participated at the qualitative part of this study with the aim to provide a full picture of the mechanisms that act upon participants’ perceptions and attitudes towards their occupation. Twelve semi-structured interviews were carried out and Thematic Analysis approach was followed for the interpretation of findings. The majority of our results are consistent with the findings of previous studies that have addressed the topic of occupational stress. Moreover, additional support for the external validity of our results is provided from our qualitative analysis in which similar findings were reported. In the present study, multiple regression analysis revealed that Aspects of the Job were found to be associated with ill Physical Health, Work Relationships and Work-Life Balance were found to be associated with worse Psychological Wellbeing, Control and Resources & Communication were found to be associated with low levels of perceived Commitment of the Organisation to the Employee and Control was found to be associated with low levels of perceived Commitment of the Employee to the Organisation. However, our findings revealed the need for a more thorough examination of the mechanisms that act upon the manifestation of stress in the members of the Unit, taking into consideration the role of some other factors such as participants’ genetic predisposition to stress, the experience o f acute or chronic stress, personality traits, vulnerability to psychopathology, economic crisis or a major life event when conducting future research. Based on the findings of this research, intervention strategies were proposed with the purpose to minimise and eliminate, if possible, the negative impact of occupational stress. The present study is the first thorough investigation of the topic of occupational stress in the Special Forces in Greece. Consequently, our findings will contribute to the scientific literature with cross cultural benefits, working as a pioneer for future research to be conducted in Special Forces Units of Greece and in the military environment in general.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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