Transcending adversity: Resilience in volunteer firefighters
Blaney, Leigh McCarley
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present a theory of psychological resilience in volunteer firefighters. Design: Using a constructivist grounded theory (CGT) approach, the qualitative study engaged a purposive sample of eight firefighters in Canada, conducted in-depth interviews, and analyzed the data using comparative methods. Findings: The results provided unique insights into resilience in firefighters, and revealing resilience as multidimensional, complex, dynamic, and contextual. Six core concepts inter-relate to construct resilience: relationships, personal resources, meaning-making, leadership, culture, and knowledge. Practical implications: The findings of this research offer a framework for practical integration of resilience theory into workplace health policy and practice. The theory was co-created with firefighters hence is contextually sound to this population but applicable to other emergency and health services. Originality/value: Volunteer firefighters are under-represented in the literature despite facing intermittent and frequently intense work-related stressors; this research begins to address the gap in literature. As well, previous resilience theories have noted relationships between some components, but there is little evidence linking categories; this theory more patently represents the complex nature of resilience in volunteer firefighters.
DescriptionThis is an author-supplied, accepted manuscript version of an article which has been published as: Blaney, L.M., Wilde, D., & Hill, R. (2020). Transcending adversity: Resilience in volunteer firefighters. International Journal of Emergency Services. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-10-2019-0055. This AAM is provided for your own personal use only. It may not be used for resale, reprinting, systematic distribution, emailing, or for any other commercial purpose without the permission of the publisher.
Identifier (Other)DOI: 10.1108/IJES-10-2019-005