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Resilience in animal care professions : does the stress shield model fit?
thesisposted on 2023-05-28, 00:01 authored by Cushing, NL
Animal care professionals can experience adverse psychological outcomes due to their work, therefore research exploring supporting resilience in this population is needed. This study investigated the capacity of the Stress Shield Model to explain relationships between individual, interpersonal, and organisational factors with outcomes in resilience and adaptive capacity in animal care professionals. Empowerment was hypothesised to mediate these relationships. Australian and New Zealand participants (N = 393) from multiple animal care occupations completed an online survey measuring conscientiousness, coping, team and leader relationships, job demands, organisational resources, growth, resilience, and job satisfaction. Results indicated the Stress Shield Model can partially explain relationships between individual, interpersonal, and organisational factors and resilience and adaptive capacity in animal care professionals, and empowerment partially mediated the effect of organisational resources on growth. Problem-approach coping positively precited resilience and growth; conversely, emotion-avoidant coping negatively precited these outcomes. Conscientiousness positively predicted resilience and negatively predicted job satisfaction. Team relationships positively predicted growth and resilience, while leader-member relationships positively predicted job satisfaction. Organisational resources positively predicted resilience, growth, and job satisfaction, conversely job demands predicted reductions across these outcomes. Findings indicate supporting resilience and adaptive capacity in animal care professionals requires fostering individual, interpersonal, and organisational resources.
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