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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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MATOS, Rafael Lima de  and  ARAUJO, Marley Rosana Melo de. Vulnerability to stress and coping strategies: a comparative study in the hospital environment. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2021, vol.13, n.2, pp. 65-81. ISSN 2177-093X.

Working in a hospital environment makes health professionals susceptible to occupational stress. This study aimed to compare vulnerability to stress at work and coping strategies used by health professionals at a university hospital. The Stress Vulnerability Scale (SVS), the Occupational Coping Scale (OCS), and a Demographic and Socio-Occupational Questionnaire were applied. The collection took place at the hospital premises, anonymously, individually, and collectively for convenience. Eighty health professionals joined in, equally divided into two groups, public employees and multi-professional residents. Both groups showed a high vulnerability to stress and the most used coping strategies aimed at the cognitive reassessment of stressful situations with no significant intergroup differences. However, it was found that younger professionals use escaping or avoidance of stressful situations more frequently as a coping strategy. Although the differential of this work was to investigate residents, additional studies are recommended with this little-known public.

Keywords : health professionals; vulnerability to stress; coping strategies.

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