Coping Styles and Social Support in Emergency Workers: Family as a Resource

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Abstract

The nature of the job of people working in emergency situations is such thatthey may experience high levels of stress. With the term ‘emergency’, we refer tomacroscopic events (floods, earthquakes) but also to micro-emergencies, that are morefrequent events like accidents and acts of violence. Therefore, the aim of thisapproach is to help to prevent, or to overcome, the psychic phenomenon that occursin the victims after a traumatic event that is unexpected and upsetting. In disaster andemergency scenarios, empirical data shows that an effective intervention is able toactivate pro-social behaviours, based on social relations and norms; but for emergencyworkers there are several dangers.The study analyses the relationship between social support and coping in 182Emergency Service professionals of three professional categories operating indangerous situations: military, frontier police and firemen. The research confirms therelationship between coping and social support, emphasising the importance of thefamily source. The results also confirm what has been reported in literature about theprevalence of situational coping for professionals working in emergency situations. Inthis area, such research may provide a base for developing stress managementprograms in emergencies and for protecting and reinforcing the wellness of emergencyworkers, who, in turn, are victims as well.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Pagine473-474
Numero di pagine2
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2015

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