Mindset as a resilience resource and perceived wellness of first responders in a South African context

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

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Title Mindset as a resilience resource and perceived wellness of first responders in a South African context
Creator O'Neil, John W. Kruger, Leandri
Subject Disaster Risk Management, Performance Psychology, High-risk environments mindset; perceived wellness; resilience; resilience resources; first responders
Description The global increase in frequency and intensity of disasters and emergency situations has a major disruptive effect on societies that is especially visible in Africa, where conflict, poverty, diseases and social unrest are some of the biggest factors contributing to societal vulnerability. Developing countries such as South Africa are vulnerable to the impact of disaster situations that strain the society’s ability to deal with these emergencies. First responders play an important function responding to disasters but are exposed to work-related stressors that could impact their performance. Several international studies make a link between wellness, performance and resilience and the use of resilience resources in the development and enhancement of wellness, indicating that resilience resources such as a resilient mindset are an indicator of good mental health and performance amongst first responders, despite being exposed to traumatic situations. However, very little research has been carried out on first responders in South Africa, making this study an important stepping stone towards gaining an understanding of the relationship between mindset as a resilience resource and perceived wellness of first responders in a South African context. Data were collected from 52 first responders using a structured questionnaire. The results indicate a statistically significant relationship between mindset and perceived wellness, with all the wellness factors indicating that the mindset of first responders plays a crucial role in their resilience and perception of wellness, necessitating additional research in this specialised field of disaster response.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor SA Army Assessment Centre Psychologists, First Responders
Date 2022-06-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Surveys
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1312
Source Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 14, No 1 (2022); 10 pages 1996-1421 2072-845X
Language eng
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Coverage Gauteng, South Africa 2021 First Responders
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 John W. O’Neil, Leandri Kruger https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0