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The Role of Coping in the Wellbeing and Work-Related Quality of Life of UK Health and Social Care Workers during COVID-19

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School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Magee Campus, Ulster University, Londonderry BT48 7JL, UK
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School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast, 69-71 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL, UK
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School of Psychology, Coleraine Campus, Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine BT52 1SA, UK
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Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast, Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE, UK
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School of Science, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN, UK
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NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London, London, 22 Kingsway, Holborn, London WC2B 6LE, UK
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Independent Researcher, Derry BT48 8RS, UK
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School of Nursing, Jordanstown Campus, Ulster University, Shore Road, Newtownabbey BT37 0QB, UK
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Southern Health and Social Care Trust, 10 Moyallen Road, Gilford BT63 5JX, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 815; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020815
Received: 18 December 2020 / Revised: 11 January 2021 / Accepted: 15 January 2021 / Published: 19 January 2021
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a global pandemic in early 2020. Due to the rapid spread of the virus and limited availability of effective treatments, health and social care systems worldwide quickly became overwhelmed. Such stressful circumstances are likely to have negative impacts on health and social care workers’ wellbeing. The current study examined the relationship between coping strategies and wellbeing and quality of working life in nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, social care workers and social workers who worked in health and social care in the UK during its first wave of COVID-19. Data were collected using an anonymous online survey (N = 3425), and regression analyses were used to examine the associations of coping strategies and demographic characteristics with staff wellbeing and quality of working life. The results showed that positive coping strategies, particularly active coping and help-seeking, were associated with higher wellbeing and better quality of working life. Negative coping strategies, such as avoidance, were risk factors for low wellbeing and worse quality of working life. The results point to the importance of organizational and management support during stressful times, which could include psycho-education and training about active coping and might take the form of workshops designed to equip staff with better coping skills. View Full-Text
Keywords: health and social care; coping; quality of working life; wellbeing; COVID-19 health and social care; coping; quality of working life; wellbeing; COVID-19
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McFadden, P.; Ross, J.; Moriarty, J.; Mallett, J.; Schroder, H.; Ravalier, J.; Manthorpe, J.; Currie, D.; Harron, J.; Gillen, P. The Role of Coping in the Wellbeing and Work-Related Quality of Life of UK Health and Social Care Workers during COVID-19. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 815. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020815

AMA Style

McFadden P, Ross J, Moriarty J, Mallett J, Schroder H, Ravalier J, Manthorpe J, Currie D, Harron J, Gillen P. The Role of Coping in the Wellbeing and Work-Related Quality of Life of UK Health and Social Care Workers during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):815. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020815

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McFadden, Paula, Jana Ross, John Moriarty, John Mallett, Heike Schroder, Jermaine Ravalier, Jill Manthorpe, Denise Currie, Jaclyn Harron, and Patricia Gillen. 2021. "The Role of Coping in the Wellbeing and Work-Related Quality of Life of UK Health and Social Care Workers during COVID-19" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 2: 815. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020815

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