A Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Analysis of Rehabilitation Workers’ Health and Well-Being

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McCracken, L. M., & Yang, S. (2008). A Contextual Cognitive-Behavioral Analysis of Rehabilitation Workers’ Health and Well-Being: Influences of Acceptance, Mindfulness, and Values-Based Action. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53(4), 479-485.

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ACT: Empirical
Other Third-Wave Therapies: Empirical
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Purpose: Rehabilitation settings can be extremely demanding, and sometimes stressful, places to work. It is important, therefore, to consider influences on rehabilitation workers’ health and general well-being and on their ability to face emotional, physical, or mental challenges at work. The purpose of this study was to examine a set of psychological processes, including psychological acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action, that may be relevant to this problem. Method: Ninety-eight rehabilitation workers at the Rehabilitation Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, completed measures of background variables, health, and functioning, in addition to the 3 psychological variables of primary interest. Results: Correlation analyses demonstrated significant relations of the acceptance, mindfulness, and values measures with the measures of stress, burnout symptoms, health, and well-being, particularly general health perception, vitality, social functioning, and emotional functioning. In regression analyses, the process variables accounted for significant, and in some cases practically meaningful, increments in explained variance in 10 key outcomes related to work experience and health. Conclusion: Acceptance, mindfulness, and values-based action deserve further consideration in relation to burnout, health, and well-being among rehabilitation workers.

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