Writing About Stress: The Impact of a Stress-Management Programme on Staff Accounts of Dealing with Stress
Version of Record online: 15 JUL 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume 27, Issue 3, pages 236–246, May 2014
How to Cite
van Oorsouw, W. M. W. J., Embregts, P. J. C. M., Bosman, A. M. T. and Jahoda, A. (2014), Writing About Stress: The Impact of a Stress-Management Programme on Staff Accounts of Dealing with Stress. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27: 236–246. doi: 10.1111/jar.12066
- Issue online: 6 APR 2014
- Version of Record online: 15 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 JUL 2012
- challenging behaviour;
- intellectual disabilities;
- stress management;
Helping staff serving clients with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour to cope with stress has implications for their own well-being and for the lives of those they support.
This study examined staff members' views of stress and the effectiveness of a stress-management intervention. Effectiveness was assessed using written assignments regarding stress management, and changes in views presented were tested in a pre- and post-test control group design.
In the first phase, a content analysis was conducted across groups, which revealed that participants expressed a broad variety of views about stress and coping mechanisms, with considerable individual differences. In the second phase, a more fine-grained quantitative analysis was conducted to assess training effectiveness. Results showed an increase in the proportion of coping strategies referred to by the experimental group post-training. This positive change remained at follow-up.
The results of the content analysis and the outcome data have implications for staff training.