Mental health of UK hospitality Workers: Shame, self-criticism and self-reassurance
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis study aimed to evaluate shame for mental health problems, and explore relationships between shame, self-criticism, self-reassurance, and mental health among UK hospitality workers, because this group of workers suffer from poor mental health yet report strong shame. An opportunity sample of 114 UK hospitality workers completed measures examining shame for mental health problems, self-criticism, self-reassurance, and mental health problems. A high proportion of workers scored over the midpoint in almost all the shame subscales. Shame, self-criticism, self-reassurance, and mental health were related to one another. External shame and self-criticism were positive predictors, and self-reassurance was a negative predictor for mental health problems. While self-criticism moderated the relationship between shame and mental health problems, self-reassurance did not. Online compassion training was recommended as it can reduce self-criticism and shame, can be undertaken without colleagues knowing and tailored to specific work patterns.
CitationKotera, Y., Adhikari, P. and Sheffield, D. (2019). 'Mental health of UK hospitality workers: Shame, self-criticism and self-reassurance'. The Service Industries Journal, pp. 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/02642069.2020.1713111
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalThe Service Industries Journal