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

Cinzia Novara (), Maria Garro () and Giuseppe DI Rienzo ()
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Cinzia Novara: Researcher in Dynamic Psychology, Department of Psychological, Educational and Training Sciences, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.
Maria Garro: Senior researcher in Social Psychology, Department of Psychological, Educational and Training Sciences, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.
Giuseppe DI Rienzo: Pedagogist, Cooperative L'Albero della Vita, Palermo, Italy.

Revista romaneasca pentru educatie multidimensionala - Journal for Multidimensional Education, 2015, vol. 7, issue 1, 129-140

Abstract: The nature of the job of people working in emergency situations is such that they may experience high levels of stress. The study analyses the relationship between social support and coping in 182 Emergency Service professionals of three professional categories operating in dangerous situations: military, frontier police and firemen. The research confirms the relationship between coping and social support, emphasising the importance of the family source. The results also confirm what has been reported in literature about the prevalence of situational coping for professionals working in emergency situations. In this area, such research may provide a base for developing stress management programs in emergencies and for protecting and reinforcing the wellness of emergency workers, who, in turn, are victims as well.

Keywords: Social support; Coping styles; Emergency workers; Stress management. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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