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Article: Sustaining engagement through work in postdisaster relief and reconstruction

TitleSustaining engagement through work in postdisaster relief and reconstruction
Authors
Keywordsbereavement/grief
burnout
China
Chinese culture
content analysis
emotion work
emotions
health and well-being
interviews
power/empowerment
resilience
semistructured
workplace
Issue Date2011
PublisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=176
Citation
Qualitative Health Research, 2011, v. 21 n. 4, p. 465-476 How to Cite?
AbstractAfter the devastating 2008 earthquake in China, grass-roots government officials were the main local force in postquake relief and reconstruction. Like other survivors, many officials were severely bereaved. Their psychological well-being was at stake. We conducted 25 semistructured interviews to investigate sources of stress at work and their coping experiences. We coded interviews using the content analysis method. Misunderstandings and assaults from survivors, prolonged heavy workload, and grief and bereavement were major sources of stress at work. Finding meaning in the work, emotion regulation, and goal and time management were main coping strategies. The challenge and importance of the work, combined with support and recognition at work, fostered an empowering work environment. Few interviewees reported fatigue, whereas the majority displayed dedication to work, indicating a status of work engagement more than burnout among grass-roots officials. Implications of a meaning-oriented empowerment approach to stress management for disaster relief forces are drawn. © 2011 The Author(s).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133699
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.403
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.790
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dc.contributor.authorWang, XLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorShi, ZBen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, SMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWang, Ben_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-24T02:15:19Z-
dc.date.available2011-05-24T02:15:19Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationQualitative Health Research, 2011, v. 21 n. 4, p. 465-476en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1049-7323en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/133699-
dc.description.abstractAfter the devastating 2008 earthquake in China, grass-roots government officials were the main local force in postquake relief and reconstruction. Like other survivors, many officials were severely bereaved. Their psychological well-being was at stake. We conducted 25 semistructured interviews to investigate sources of stress at work and their coping experiences. We coded interviews using the content analysis method. Misunderstandings and assaults from survivors, prolonged heavy workload, and grief and bereavement were major sources of stress at work. Finding meaning in the work, emotion regulation, and goal and time management were main coping strategies. The challenge and importance of the work, combined with support and recognition at work, fostered an empowering work environment. Few interviewees reported fatigue, whereas the majority displayed dedication to work, indicating a status of work engagement more than burnout among grass-roots officials. Implications of a meaning-oriented empowerment approach to stress management for disaster relief forces are drawn. © 2011 The Author(s).en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=176en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofQualitative Health Researchen_HK
dc.rightsQualitative Health Research. Copyright © Sage Publications, Inc.-
dc.subjectbereavement/griefen_HK
dc.subjectburnouten_HK
dc.subjectChinaen_HK
dc.subjectChinese cultureen_HK
dc.subjectcontent analysisen_HK
dc.subjectemotion worken_HK
dc.subjectemotionsen_HK
dc.subjecthealth and well-beingen_HK
dc.subjectinterviewsen_HK
dc.subjectpower/empowermenten_HK
dc.subjectresilienceen_HK
dc.subjectsemistructureden_HK
dc.subjectworkplaceen_HK
dc.titleSustaining engagement through work in postdisaster relief and reconstructionen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailWang, XL: wangxl@hku.hken_HK
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