Work Centrality, Life Role Salience and Dyadic Adjustment in Emergency Service Providers

Author: Shazza Shazdey Raheem
Supervisor: Rafia Rafique, PhD
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2013-2015
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Dyadic adjustment is a major facilitating factor in the grueling lifestyle of emergency service providers, leading to optimal adjustment in various life roles. This research examined the relationship between work centrality, life role salience and dyadic adjustment in emergency service providers. The study further explored the moderating role of thought suppression. After the detailed literature review it was hypothesized that work centrality and life role salience are likely to be positively related to dyadic adjustment of Emergency Service Providers. It was further hypothesized that thought suppression is likely to moderate the relationship between work centrality, life role salience and dyadic adjustment. Within group research design was used. Sample of 110 male emergency service providers with age range from 24 to 40 years was obtained from Rescue 1122 headquarters and two government hospitals of Lahore, Punjab. Dyadic Adjustment Scale by Spanier (1976); Work Centrality Scale by Paullay, Alliger, and Stone-Romero (1994); Life Role Salience Scale developed by Amatea, Cross, Clark, and Bobby (1986) consisting of three subscales (namely, occupational role commitment, parental role commitment and homecare role commitment) and white bear thought suppression inventory by wegner and zanakos (1994) were translated in urdu and individually administered. The findings generated by Pearson product moment correlation indicated that occupational role commitment had a positive relationship with dyadic adjustment while parental role commitment and homecare role commitment had negative relationships with dyadic adjustment of emergency service providers. Hierarchal moderated regression revealed that thought suppression significantly moderated the relationship between variables. This research offers an insight into the lives and trauma alleviating strategies of the people who are involved in this profession on a daily basis. This research is also helpful as it provides empirical support to the personnel’s conflicts in the course of their work and its consequences on their dyadic and parental roles. It offers an avenue to researchers to explore the trauma coping strategies and their influence on people employed in other healthcare professions and implement couple and counseling therapies to the recipients of such stressful conditions.

Keywords: Work Centrality, Dyadic Adjustment, Thought Suppression, Emergency Service Providers.
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