Work-related well-being among Finnish frontline social workers in an age of austerity

Maija Mänttäri-van der Kuip

Work-related well-being among Finnish frontline social workers in an age of austerity

Maija Mänttäri-van der Kuip
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  • Näytä kaikki
    • Kustantaja Jyväskylän yliopisto
    • ISBN 9789513961909
    • Tuotekoodi 9789513961909
    • Kirjoittajat Maija Mänttäri-van der Kuip
    • Sarja Jyväskylä studies in education, psychology and social research
    • Kieli englanti
    • Thema-luokitus Sosiaalihuolto ja -palvelut
    • Ilmestymispäivä 01.01.2015
    • Vuosi 2015
    • Tuotepääryhmä 02
    • Tuotelinja 1
    • Sivumäärä 106
    • Kirjastoluokka 37.2
    • Uusintapainoksen pvm 01.01.2015
    • Tuotemuoto Pehmeäkantinen kirja

Myymäläsaatavuus

Tuotetiedot

  • Näytä kaikki
    • Kustantaja Jyväskylän yliopisto
    • ISBN 9789513961909
    • Tuotekoodi 9789513961909
    • Kirjoittajat Maija Mänttäri-van der Kuip
    • Sarja Jyväskylä studies in education, psychology and social research
    • Kieli englanti
    • Thema-luokitus Sosiaalihuolto ja -palvelut
    • Ilmestymispäivä 01.01.2015
    • Vuosi 2015
    • Tuotepääryhmä 02
    • Tuotelinja 1
    • Sivumäärä 106
    • Kirjastoluokka 37.2
    • Uusintapainoksen pvm 01.01.2015
    • Tuotemuoto Pehmeäkantinen kirja

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This study examines the work-related well-being of frontline social workers in an age of austerity. The aim is to increase understanding of the possible implications of austerity for the capabilities of social workers to practice their profession and for their well-being at work. The study is based on a cross-sectional national survey data (n=817) collected over the years 2011-2012. The population consists of persons working as social workers in municipal social welfare services for families and/or adults.

In this study, the critical realist view combined with the capability approach forms the philosophical framework for understanding and explaining workers’ freedom to practice their profession and achieve well-being. The JobDemands-Resources model is applied in order to connect subjective experiences of well-being to the context of work. Well-being is understood as a two-dimensional phenomenon: the positive dimension is approached through the concept of work engagement and the negative through experiences of impaired work-related well-being. Moral distress is understood as a combination of compromised capabilities and freedom to act according to one’s moral code and experiences of impaired well-being.

The results indicate that, in the present era of austerity, the capabilities of social workers to practice ethically responsible social work, and hence their well-being, are at risk. Increasing organizational accountability and, in particular, the experiences of work-related economic constraints were associated with the erosion of these capabilities. For example, it has become harder for social workers to provide adequate and appropriate services to their clients and to intervene early enough in their clients’ situation. These decreased capabilities to practice ethically responsible social work were associated with deterioration in work-related well-being. In addition, experiences of economic constraints were clearly associated with experiences of moral distress.

Nevertheless, the social workers also experienced engagement in their work.

They reported enthusiasm and enjoyment in performing their work. Their resources related to their work community and immediate supervision showed a moderate association with these positive experiences.