Organizational climate and self-efficacy as predictors of staff strain in caring for dementia residents: a mediation model

Karantzas, Gery C., McCabe, Marita P., Mellor, David, Von Treuer, Kathryn, Davison, Tanya E., O'Connor, Daniel, Haselden, Rachel and Konis, Anastasia 2016, Organizational climate and self-efficacy as predictors of staff strain in caring for dementia residents: a mediation model, Archives of gerontology and geriatrics, vol. 66, pp. 89-94, doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2016.05.006.

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Title Organizational climate and self-efficacy as predictors of staff strain in caring for dementia residents: a mediation model
Author(s) Karantzas, Gery C.ORCID iD for Karantzas, Gery C.
McCabe, Marita P.
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Von Treuer, Kathryn
Davison, Tanya E.
O'Connor, Daniel
Haselden, Rachel
Konis, Anastasia
Journal name Archives of gerontology and geriatrics
Volume number 66
Start page 89
End page 94
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1872-6976
Keyword(s) Dementia care
Organizational climate
Staff strain
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Geriatrics & Gerontology
Summary PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To date, no research has investigated how the organizational climate of aged care influences the self-efficacy of staff in caring for residents with dementia, or, how self-efficacy is associated with the strain experienced by staff. This study sought to investigate the extent to which the self-efficacy of aged care staff mediates the association between organizational climate variables (such as autonomy, trusting and supportive workplace relations, and the recognition of competence and ability, and perceptions of workplace pressure) and staff strain. DESIGN AND METHODS: A cross-sectional survey design was implemented in which 255 residential aged care staff recruited across aged care facilities in Melbourne, Australia. Staff completed self-report measures of organizational climate, self-efficacy, and strains in caring for residents with dementia. RESULTS: Indirect effects analyses using bootstrapping indicated that self-efficacy of staff mediated the association between the organizational climate variables of autonomy, trust, support, pressure, and staff strain. IMPLICATIONS: The findings of this study emphasize that the aged care sector needs to target organizational climate variables that enhance the self-efficacy of staff, and that this in turn, can help ameliorate the strain experienced by staff caring for residents experiencing dementia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.archger.2016.05.006
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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