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Amniocentesis Conductors – Attitudes towards Amniocentesis, Professional Burnout and Psychosocial Needs


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Roje, Mia. (2015). Amniocentesis Conductors – Attitudes towards Amniocentesis, Professional Burnout and Psychosocial Needs. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Arambašić, Lidija].

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Nowadays we are witnessing a lot of media propaganda against the health system. In many cases complains refer to gynecology department employees, whose experts are known as specialist with most burnout symptoms in scientific literature (Martini, Arfken, Churchill and Balon, 2004). Beside their basic agenda, certain number of gynecologists conducts prenatal genetic tests interworking with biologists – cytogenetic experts, most commonly the amniocentesis. Regarding the enlarged amount of their stressful work, the conductors of amniocentesis are an interesting population for psychological research. Anyhow, research papers focused on that population are almost not at all available in scientific literature. It has been proven that amniocentesis conductors’ attitudes strongly influence pregnant women (Marteau, Plenicar and Kidd, 1993), as well as that burnout negatively effects both doctors’ and patients’ health (McManus, 1997). These findings encouraged this particular research. The aim of this research was to gain a comprehensive inquiry about the amniocentesis conductors’ – their personal and professional characteristics, their personal experiences and attitudes towards amniocentesis, professional burnout and psychosocial needs on their workplace. The research has been conducted on occasional sample of 11 amniocentesis conductors, 8 gynecologists and 3 biologists – cytogenetic experts. Data were collected by interviews lasting on average 70 minutes. The results evince that amniocentesis conductors show mostly positive attitudes towards amniocentesis; they show symptoms of professional burnout and express psychosocial needs, mostly communication skills training as well as stress managing strategies. Some specificity, regarding participants’ gender, age and basic profession are perceived – in attitudes towards amniocentesis, professional burnout and psychosocial needs.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: amniocentesis, attitudes, professional burnout, psychosocial needs
Subjects: Psychology > Zdravstvena psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Arambašić, Lidija
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 06:49
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 06:49

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