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Julie Bajic

  • Title: Miss
  • Position: PhD Student - Department of Marketing and Management

Student information

  • Load: PhD Student Full Time
  • Associate supervisor:

    Professor Julie Fitness

  • Purpose: Depression is a treatable mental condition and is is considered one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in late life (Huang & Carpenter, 2011), particularly in those with declining health and increasing need for support to remain living at home as well as those in residential care (Muramatsu, Yin, & Hedeker, 2010).

    The aim of this research is to determine the non-clinical implications of client depression. The research will investigate the impact of client depression on home care workers in the community, i.e., home care setting. This research will help us better understand the impact of poor mental health in older adults on home care workers. Attitudes and self-reported skills of home care workers will be assessed in screening clients' mental health and escalating concerns to their direct supervisors. The research will measure the impact of client depression on workers by administering scales on emotional contagion (sharing feelings between clients and home care workers), employee compassion fatigue, job satisfaction, engagement and overall worker wellbeing. Staff retention and turnover data will be used. To increase validity and reduce common method variance (Podsakoff, MacKenzie, Jeong-Yeon & Podsakoff, 2003) convergent interviewing will be conducted (Jepsen & Rodwell, 2008) to ascertain the main barriers in detection of client depression and the impact it has on home care workers across different geographical locations.

Huang, Y., & Carpenter, I. (2011). Identifying elderly depression using the Depression Rating Scale as part of comprehensive standardised care assessment in nursing homes. Aging & Mental Health, 15(8), 1045-1051.

Jepsen, D. M. & Rodwell, J J (2008). Convergent interviewing: a qualitative diagnostic technique for researchers. Management Research News, 31(9), 650-658.

Karantzas, G. C., & Karantzas, G. C. (2012). Measuring carers' knowledge of depression in aged care settings: The Knowledge of Late Life Depression Scale — Revised. Journal of Affective Disorders, 138(3), 417-424. Muramatsu, N., Yin, H., & Hedeker, D. (2010). Functional declines, social support, and mental health in the elderly: Does living in a state supportive of home and community-based services make a difference? Social Science & Medicine, 70(7), 1050-1058.

Podsakoff, P. M., MacKenzie, S. B., Jeong-Yeon, L., & Podsakoff, N. P. (2003). Common Method Biases in Behavioral Research: A Critical Review of the Literature and Recommended Remedies. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88(5), 879.