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Psicologia: Teoria e Pesquisa
Print version ISSN 0102-3772
SANTOS, Ana Flávia de Oliveira and CARDOSO, Carmen Lúcia. Mental health professionals: stress, coping and quality of life. Psic.: Teor. e Pesq. [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.3, pp. 543-548. ISSN 0102-3772. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-37722010000300017.
The purpose of the study was to assess stress, coping, and quality of life of professionals in substitutive mental health services. Twenty-five professionals participated in this study. The following instruments were employed: Stress Symptoms Inventory for Adults, Coping Strategies Inventory and the Quality of Life Scale. The results showed that 36% of the professionals presented stress, greater use of the social support strategy, and greater satisfaction with the social domain regarding quality of life. Professionals with stress indicators used more withdrawal and escape-avoidance strategies. In conclusion, mental health professionals under stress make more use of coping strategies focused on emotions. The elaboration and development of interventions to assist these professionals in handling stressful situations are needed.
Keywords : stress; quality of life; mental health.