Resilience in Ambulance Service Paramedics and Its Relationships With Well-Being and General Health

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Abstract

The purpose of this investigation is to assess if time in paramedic service is associated with increased resilience or if it is simply that the profession of paramedic attracts individuals with high levels of resilience, and second, to evaluate whether resilience exhibits a positive relationship with general health and well-being among paramedics? A total of 219 male and female participants, 146 Queensland paramedics (Australia), and 73 first- and second-year paramedical students completed a survey assessing resilience, general health, and well-being. Results indicated that experienced paramedics displayed significantly higher levels of resilience than paramedical students. Furthermore, that resilience was significantly correlated with general health and well-being. Findings strengthen calls advocating for the increase of resilience interventions for paramedics and paramedical students to protect their well-being.

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