Positive orientation, job satisfaction and psychological well-being of mental health practitioners in Malaysia

Park, M.S.-A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1269-6856, Goto, N., Kennedy, A., Raj, S., Dutson, A., Park, L. and Sovet, L., 2020. Positive orientation, job satisfaction and psychological well-being of mental health practitioners in Malaysia. Psychology, Health and Medicine. ISSN 1354-8506

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Abstract

Mental health practitioners in many developing countries are faced with high job demands and a lack of institutional support. Given their high levels of work-related stress, it is important to identify mechanisms that help them to maintain psychological well-being and job satisfaction. Recent research has focused on the role that positive orientation (POS) may play in mediating the negative impact of stress on individual well-being. The present study investigated whether POS predicts mental health practitioners’ perceived levels of stress, mental health and job satisfaction. If POS measures a person’s tendency to take a positive attitude to life and their ability to cope with difficulties, a high POS could be linked to reduced levels of stress and increased levels of job satisfaction and well-being. This study examined associations between self-reported POS and psychological outcomes in a sample of 100 Malaysian mental health practitioners. The results showed that POS significantly predicted job satisfaction positively and mental health issues and perceived stress negatively, even when socio-demographic variables were controlled. Overall, we found a strong effect of POS on individual functioning across the sample of mental health practitioners. Our results have implications for improving practitioner wellbeing and job satisfaction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychology, Health and Medicine
Creators: Park, M.S.-A., Goto, N., Kennedy, A., Raj, S., Dutson, A., Park, L. and Sovet, L.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 5 August 2020
ISSN: 1354-8506
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10.1080/13548506.2020.1804599DOI
1385688Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 06 Nov 2020 12:55
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 11:08
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/41540

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