Association of Negative Life Events and Psychological Well-being among Paramedical Staff
Background: Paramedical staff are essential to healthcare services and often encounter negative life events that can influence their psychological well-being. This research aimed to elucidate the connection between negative life events and the psychological well-being of paramedical personnel in Multan City, Punjab, Pakistan.
Methods: The study utilized a correlational research approach and involved a purposive sample of 196 paramedical staff from multiple medical institutions. The Negative Life Events Scale (Wills et al., 1992) and the Psychological Well-being Scale (Ryff & Keyes, 1995) were used as study instruments. Pearson's correlation coefficient was used to evaluate the relationship between the specified variables.
Results: The analysis revealed a significant negative relationship between negative life events and psychological well-being (r = -0.48, p < 0.01). Negative life events were found to be a significant predictor of psychological well-being, explaining 23% of the variance in well-being assessments. The paramedical staff who experienced a higher frequency of negative life events reported lower levels of psychological well-being.
Conclusion: The results of this study shed light on the importance of addressing the negative impact of life events on the psychological well-being of paramedical staff. These findings serve as a call to action for the development of specialized interventions and support structures that can help these healthcare professionals cope with the effects of these events. By proactively addressing these concerns, institutions can create a more supportive environment for staff and improve their overall well-being. These insights have the potential to inform institutional policies, support mechanisms for staff, and future research into mental health considerations in healthcare environments.
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