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Enjoying work or Burdened by it?: How personal Assistants Experience and Handle Stress at Work
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences. (vårdvetenskap)
2012 (English)In: Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, ISSN 1536-710X, E-ISSN 1536-7118, Vol. 11, no 2, 112-127 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A personal assistant has to promote equality in living conditions for persons with severe disabilities. The aim of this study was to explore how personal assistants experience their work and what strategies they employ to alleviate work-related stress. Thirty personal assistants were interviewed and latent content analysis was performed. The findings regarding the experiences of work-related stress could be brought together under the theme of “difficulties of being in a subordinate position,” and those regarding management strategies could be brought together under the theme of “coming to terms with the work situation.” There is a need to empower personal assistants through training programs including tailored education, working communities, and coaching.

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Routledge, 2012. Vol. 11, no 2, 112-127 p.
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adults, coping, disability assistance services, empowerment, home care. personal assistant, physical disability, promoting participation
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Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-189541DOI: 10.1080/1536710X.2012.677648OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-189541DiVA: diva2:581809
Available from: 2013-01-02 Created: 2013-01-02 Last updated: 2017-12-06

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