Effects of personality traits on mindful self-care practices of healthcare workers

South African Journal of Psychiatry

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Title Effects of personality traits on mindful self-care practices of healthcare workers
Creator Osman, Iram Singaram, Veena S.
Subject Clinical Psychology; mental well-being coping mechanisms; health professionals; mindfulness; personality; self-care; healthcare professionals; COVID-19.
Description Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) placed healthcare professionals (HCPs) at a higher risk for stress-related conditions. Implementing a brief online mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) was hypothesised to transform the HCPs’ ability to cope with stress by enhancing their self-care.Aim: This study aimed to explore the impact of an online MBI on HCPs’ self-care practices and determine if personality traits were a moderating variable.Setting: An online MBI was implemented for HCPs working in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.Methods: A quantitative study design included a pre-assessment and post-assessment component, which allowed paired comparison and regression analysis to confer correlations. Data were collected via two validated instruments: the Mindful Self-Care scale-2018 and the Big Five Personality test.Results: Forty-nine HCPs participated in the study. Significant improvements were found in all the major self-care subscales post-intervention (p 0.05). No significant associations were found between the personality traits and self-care except for neuroticism, which appeared to be an essential moderating variable.Conclusion: An online MBI significantly impacted health professionals’ ability to care for themselves, despite their personality styles.Contribution: The impact of an online MBI on HCPs’ self-care during the most intense time of stress and with a cohort of people known to be the most vulnerable to stress, namely those with neuroticism to date, has not been commented on.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-03-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative; pre and post paired comparison; regression analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v29i0.2019
Source South African Journal of Psychiatry; Vol 29 (2023); 6 pages 2078-6786 1608-9685
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa July - August 2020 male and female; over age of 18 years; all races; working in South Africa; health professionals
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Iram Osman, Veena S. Singaram https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0