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Title: The role of self-compassion as a moderator in the relationship between burnout and psychological wellbeing in staff working with people with learning disabilities
Author: Brooks, V.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7654 5883
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2019
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Objective. Research demonstrates that self-compassion is linked to burnout and other psychological wellbeing outcome measures such as quality of life, stress, depression, and wellbeing. It is known that care occupations, and specifically those who work with individuals with learning disabilities, suffer with burnout and other psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Several studies have examined these relationships in care staff. However, they have not been examined in a UK healthcare context, nor in a sample of learning disabilities staff for whom burnout is prevalent and relevant. With self-compassion as a moderator, this study investigated burnout's relationship to depression and psychological wellbeing respectively, in a UK learning disabilities staff sample. Methods. 120 adult staff members (97 females and 23 males) aged between 18 and 64 years who work with adults with learning disabilities participated in the study. Participants completed an anonymised online questionnaire comprising the Self-Compassion Scale; the Maslow Burnout Inventory; the Beck Depression Inventory; and the Ryff Scale of Psychological Wellbeing. Results. Self-compassion was at an average level for this sample and depression scores were low. Moderation analyses illustrated that self-compassion significantly moderated the relationship between burnout (personal accomplishment) and psychological wellbeing (positive relationships with others); and burnout (both emotional exhaustion and personal accomplishment) and depression.
Supervisor: Karl, A. ; Adlam, A. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: self-compassion ; burnout ; mindfulness ; learning disabilities ; occupational survey ; psychological wellbeing ; depression ; wellbeing