Development of the SOSS-D: a scale to measure stigma of occupational stress and burnout in medical doctors

Clough, Bonnie A. and Ireland, Michael J. and March, Sonja (2017) Development of the SOSS-D: a scale to measure stigma of occupational stress and burnout in medical doctors. Journal of Mental Health. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0963-8237


Background: Occupational stress and burnout are highly prevalent among doctors, with stigma identified as a barrier to help-seeking in this population. However, there has been a lack of a standardised tool to measure stigma of occupational stress and burnout among doctors. Aims: The aim of the current study was to develop and investigate the psychometric properties of the Stigma of Occupational Stress Scale for Doctors (SOSS-D). Method: An online questionnaire package was completed by 200 (38 male, 162 female) doctors. Participants completed measures relating to help-seeking intentions, general stigma, and the SOSS-D. Results: Exploratory Factor Analysis was used to refine the scale to an 11-item version. The analysis revealed a three-factor structure, which explained 63.4% of variance. Factors related to perceived structural stigma, personal stigma and perceived other stigma. The internal consistency, convergent, discriminant and criterion validity of the scale were supported. Conclusions: The SOSS-D may assist educators and mental health professionals in measuring and assessing the efficacy of interventions designed to reduce stigma. As such, it is anticipated that the SOSS-D will be a useful instrument for understanding and addressing stigma of occupational stress and burnout among medical doctors, to improve help-seeking behaviours in this population.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published ArticleFirst version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 02:00
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 04:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctor, physician, stress, burnout, stigma, treatment barriers
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2017.1370642

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