Levels of stress and anxiety in child and family social work: workers' perceptions of organizational structure, professional support and workplace opportunities in Children's Services in the UK

2.50
Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622783
Title:
Levels of stress and anxiety in child and family social work: workers' perceptions of organizational structure, professional support and workplace opportunities in Children's Services in the UK
Authors:
Antonopoulou, Vivi; Killian, Mike ( 0000-0002-2287-9007 ) ; Forrester, Donald
Abstract:
Child and family social workers are consistently found to have high levels of stress, and this has often been linked to burnout and retention problems in the profession. Local authorities in the UK have recently been under pressure to reform services, and one focus has been exploring how different organizational structures might reduce stress and increase well-being of workers. This paper presents data on 193 social workers from five local authorities in England. We examine the effects of different ways of organizing Children's Services on workers' wellbeing, with particular focus on the underlying relationship between organizational elements, workplace opportunities,and practitioners' work satisfaction. The primary outcome measure is the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12, Goldberg, 1978), a widely validated measure of stress. This data is presented alongside information exploring aspects of organizational structure and functioning. Results indicated significantly different levels of reported stress and general well-being in practitioners working in different local authorities. Implications for how local authorities might support staff to work productively in the stressful and challenging environment of child and family social work are discussed.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire; University of Texas at Arlington; University of Cardiff
Citation:
Antonopoulou,P., Killian, M. & Forrester, D. (2017) 'Levels of stress and anxiety in child and family social work: workers' perceptions of organizational structure, professional support and workplace opportunities in Children's Services in the UK', Children and Youth Services Review, 76 (), pp.42-50.
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Children and Youth Services Review
Issue Date:
24-Feb-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622783
DOI:
10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.02.028
Additional Links:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740917301871
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0190-7409
Sponsors:
Department for Education
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorAntonopoulou, Vivien
dc.contributor.authorKillian, Mikeen
dc.contributor.authorForrester, Donalden
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-28T09:55:40Z-
dc.date.available2018-06-28T09:55:40Z-
dc.date.issued2017-02-24-
dc.identifier.citationAntonopoulou,P., Killian, M. & Forrester, D. (2017) 'Levels of stress and anxiety in child and family social work: workers' perceptions of organizational structure, professional support and workplace opportunities in Children's Services in the UK', Children and Youth Services Review, 76 (), pp.42-50.en
dc.identifier.issn0190-7409-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.02.028-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622783-
dc.description.abstractChild and family social workers are consistently found to have high levels of stress, and this has often been linked to burnout and retention problems in the profession. Local authorities in the UK have recently been under pressure to reform services, and one focus has been exploring how different organizational structures might reduce stress and increase well-being of workers. This paper presents data on 193 social workers from five local authorities in England. We examine the effects of different ways of organizing Children's Services on workers' wellbeing, with particular focus on the underlying relationship between organizational elements, workplace opportunities,and practitioners' work satisfaction. The primary outcome measure is the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12, Goldberg, 1978), a widely validated measure of stress. This data is presented alongside information exploring aspects of organizational structure and functioning. Results indicated significantly different levels of reported stress and general well-being in practitioners working in different local authorities. Implications for how local authorities might support staff to work productively in the stressful and challenging environment of child and family social work are discussed.en
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment for Educationen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740917301871en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.subjectstressen
dc.subjectanxietyen
dc.subjectchild and family social worken
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.subjectchildren's servicesen
dc.titleLevels of stress and anxiety in child and family social work: workers' perceptions of organizational structure, professional support and workplace opportunities in Children's Services in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Texas at Arlingtonen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Cardiffen
dc.identifier.journalChildren and Youth Services Reviewen
dc.date.updated2018-06-28T08:46:03Z-
dc.description.noteNot chasing for full text as has missed 3 month REF deadline - is in Cardiff's repository http://orca.cf.ac.uk/104388/ so may be compliant there?-
All Items in UOBREP are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.