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Burnout amongst care staff for older adults with dementia : the role of reciprocity, self-efficacy and organisational factors

The literature review examines the empirical evidence for a relationship between higher levels of self-efficacy and lower levels of distress amongst family caregivers for older adults with dementia. Each of the relevant studies identified within the review are critically evaluated. Overall the review has illustrated clear evidence for a relationship between self-efficacy and distress in these family caregivers. A negative relationship has been supported in the literature; furthermore self-efficacy appears to have a mediating influence upon distress in family caregivers. The empirical paper examines the role of burnout amongst paid care staff for older adults with dementia. The study examines the roles of reciprocity, self-efficacy and organisational factors upon burnout and also aimed to identify which variable was the greatest predictor of burnout. Sixty-one members of staff in continuing care homes for people with dementia completed self- report questionnaires. Self-efficacy was significantly associated with all the dimensions of burnout and was found to be the greatest predictor of burnout. Low reciprocity with the older adults, age and contracted hours were also found to be significantly associated with burnout. The clinical implications of the study, methodological considerations and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Identiferoai:union.ndltd.org:bl.uk/oai:ethos.bl.uk:486633
Date January 2007
CreatorsDuffy, Brigid
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham
Source SetsEthos UK
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation

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