Self Care And Its Effects On Caregivers

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While extensive research has been conducted examining self-care and its effects on caregivers, there is a significant lack of research examining what mental health caregivers utilize as coping methods to buffer the effects of burnout as a result of lack of self-care in their profession. Therefore, this exploratory research study seeks to explore the perceptions of self-care among Ventura County mental health caregivers and the coping methods (adaptive and maladaptive) employed to counteract the impact of burnout by the collection of self-report surveys of mental health workers. The results of this study show…Future research studies should…
Introduction
Working as a mental health caregiver often offers great satisfactions, rewards, and allows individuals the opportunity to positively impact those most vulnerable to stigma and discrimination. However, this profession can also be emotionally draining, stressful and challenging. Caregivers are often perceived as healthy providers, however, there is a lack of understanding among the general public of the daily burdens they experience in the field and the negative consequences this has in their overall health. According to Pamela Hyde (2013), administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), social service providers often experience “burn-out, stress and lack of social support” which ultimately leads to a high turnover rate in the profession (p. 10). Dorning (2014) notes that social workers
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