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Type of publication: conference paper
Type of publication (PDB): Konferencijų tezės nerecenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Conference theses in non-peer-reviewed publications (T2)
Field of Science: Psichologija / Psychology (S006)
Author(s): Gustainienė, Loreta;Jarašiūnaitė, Gabija;Perminienė, Milda
Title: Factors contributing to occupational stress among remand prison staff: findings from qualitative research
Is part of: EHPS 2018 : 32nd conference of Health psychology across the lifespan: uniting research, practice and policy, 21-25 August 2018, Galway, Ireland: conference abstracts. Galway : National University of Ireland, 2018
Extent: p. 503-503
Date: 2018
Keywords: Work-related stress;Prison staff;Various stressors
Abstract: Background: There are studies showing that prison officers experience higher than average level of work-related stress (Johnson et al., 2005; Finney et al., 2013). They face challenging work conditions and responsibilities, additional stress caused by inmates. Little is known about stressors of remand prison staff who deal with individuals prior to court. The aim of this study was to identify particular stressors that the remand prison staff face on a daily basis. Methods: 6 focus groups were held with employees of one remand prison in Lithuania. Each focus group consisted of 8 to 10 individuals and each session lasted from 1 to 1,5 hours. The information was analysed using Content analysis. Findings: The results showed that remand prison staff face various stressors: (1) various demands and effort requirements, i.e. heavy workload, night shifts, bureaucracy, high responsibility for behaviour of prisoners, feeling the need for the permanent standby, threat of inmate violence, fear/risk of infectious diseases, high emotional strain, manipulations and provocations from prisoners, unclear demands from authorities, etc.; (2) lack of resources and control, i.e. understaffing, lack of time for duties, having fewer rights than prisoners, etc. (3) lack of rewards, such as promotion opportunities, appreciation of their effort, trust from colleagues, appropriate salary; (4) restrictions at work, i.e. cannot bring their cell phones to work, feeling like being locked from the outside word. Discussion: Analysis of frequency and severity of these stressors as well as cultural comparison would be of value in further studies
Affiliation(s): Psichologijos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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