Professional quality of life, depression, and meaning in life among helping professionals: The moderating role of self-competence in death work

Wallace Chi Ho Chan*, Agnes Fong Tin, Tsz Kiu Yu

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Abstract

We examined the moderating role of self-competence in death work, and the relationships of professional quality of life with personal well-being and self-competence in death work. Two hundred helping professionals (mean age = 40.43, 85.5% female) completed a questionnaire. Better professional quality of life (i.e., a higher level of compassion satisfaction and lower levels of burnout and secondary traumatic stress) was associated with better personal well-being and self-competence in death work. Self-competence in death work moderated the negative impact of a lower level of compassion satisfaction on depression. Implications on self-care of helping professionals doing death work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-968
Number of pages11
JournalDeath Studies
Volume46
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

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