Compassion for others, self-compassion, quality of life and mental well-being measures and their association with compassion fatigue and burnout in student midwives: A quantitative survey

Beaumont, E., Durkin, Mark, Hollins Martin, C.J. and Carson, Jerome ORCID: 0000-0002-7596-116X (2016) Compassion for others, self-compassion, quality of life and mental well-being measures and their association with compassion fatigue and burnout in student midwives: A quantitative survey. Midwifery, 34. pp. 239-244. ISSN 0266-6138

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Abstract

Background - compassion fatigue and burnout can impact on the performance of midwives, with this quantitative paper exploring the relationship between self-compassion, burnout, compassion fatigue, self-judgement, self-kindness, compassion for others, professional quality of life and well-being of student midwives. Method - a quantitative survey measured relationships using questionnaires: (1) Professional Quality of Life Scale; (2) Self-Compassion Scale; (3) Short Warwick and Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale; (4) Compassion For Others Scale. Participants - a purposive and convenience sample of student midwives (n=103) studying at university participated in the study. Results - just over half of the sample reported above average scores for burnout. The results indicate that student midwives who report higher scores on the self-judgement sub-scale are less compassionate towards both themselves and others, have reduced well-being, and report greater burnout and compassion fatigue. Student midwives who report high on measures of self-compassion and well-being report less compassion fatigue and burnout. Conclusion - student midwives may find benefit from ‘being kinder to self’ in times of suffering, which could potentially help them to prepare for the emotional demands of practice and study. Implications - developing, creating and cultivating environments that foster compassionate care for self and others may play a significant role in helping midwives face the rigours of education and clinical practice during their degree programme.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: burnout, compassion fatigue, student midwives, self-compassion, well-being, self-judgement
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2018 09:48
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 09:48
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.11.002
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1734

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