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Exploring the Relationship Between Moral Injury, Supervisor Leadership Style, and Suicidal Behavior in Texas Paramedics
by Bayani, Brian A., Ph.D., Dallas Baptist University, 2021, 160; 28322400
Abstract (Summary)

The current study employed a quantitative non-experimental design to examine the relationships between moral injury (MI), perceived supervisor leadership style, and risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB) in a purposive sample of full-time paramedics who provided patient care as a primary responsibility of their employment with emergency response organizations in Texas. Participants rated their perceptions of MI, leadership behaviors of their current supervisor, and statements related to past and present STB. The findings revealed small-to-medium positive relationships between STB risk and MI dimensions, passive avoidant leadership dimensions, and active management by exception. There were small negative relationships between transformational leadership dimensions, provision of contingent rewards, age, and length of service. There was no significant difference in STB risk between males and females or perceptions of leadership style between paramedics with a past history of STB and those without. Paramedics with a history of STB reported higher MI scores than those without. A stepwise multiple regression with cross-validation provided a predictive model with MI and Idealized Behaviors emerging as significant predictors of STB risk. The current study validated the construct of paramedic MI, provided empirical support for a relationship between leadership and paramedic follower well-being, and established a model for predicting paramedic STB risk based on MI and perceived supervisor leadership.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Figaro, Kimberly
Commitee: Keller, Kenton, Kavli, Suzanne
School: Dallas Baptist University
Department: Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mental health, Management, Health care management
Keywords: EMS, Moral Injury, Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors, transformational leadership, Supervisor leadership, Texas, Paramedics
Publication Number: 28322400
ISBN: 9798597074214
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