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Developing Resilience in the Aged and Dementia Care Workforce


Elliot, K-EJ and Scott, JL and Stirling, CM and Martin, AJ, Developing Resilience in the Aged and Dementia Care Workforce, Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research, and Outcomes, Springer International Publishing, B Resnick, LP Gwyther and KA Roberto (ed), Switzerland, pp. 347-365. ISBN 9783030045548 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-04555-5_19


Developing resilience in the aged and dementia care workforce is an important element of support given their high demand environment. In this chapter, we outline the key known factors relevant for resiliency of aged and dementia care workforces, focusing on direct care workers who provide health care and physical, emotional, and social support to older adults and people with dementia as part of their job roles. We describe workforce characteristics, job demands, and resources, as well as personal and emotional responses to work with international comparisons made where information is available. Several theoretical constructs in social and organizational psychology are overviewed and applied to the investigation of resilience in care work contexts. Organizational psychology can help the aged care sector prepare for the increased need to attract and retain a resilient workforce. Occupational communion is one of the several new theoretical constructs that provide potential for strategies for interventional support and training. Our work suggests that measurement models should be developed that consider positive coping specific to the social nature of caring and the neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, as well as the characteristics of the workforce.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:aging, dementia, intervention, positive psychology, resilience, workforce
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Elliot, K-EJ (Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott)
UTAS Author:Scott, JL (Professor Jenn Scott)
UTAS Author:Stirling, CM (Professor Christine Stirling)
UTAS Author:Martin, AJ (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:130141
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (1101865)
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2019-01-11
Last Modified:2019-04-02

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