Emotional intelligence (EI) and afterwork recovery are personal resources which contribute to enhanced occupational wellbeing. There is, however, little research into the effects of EI on paramedics' recovery. The proposed research addresses this gap in the literature and poses the following research question: Does Emotional Intelligence Enhance Afterwork Recovery in Paramedics? This post-positivist research adopts a critical realism perspective and assumes that the key constructs can be observed and measured.
A mixed methods sequential exploratory design involving two studies will be used to explore participants' lived experiences and perceptions of key variables drawn from the Job Demands-Resources (JD-R), EI and recovery theory. Participants will be Victorian Ambulance Union (VAU) paramedic members and will be recruited by the VAU via professional social media platforms, and direct email.
Study 1 will involve in-depth semi-structured interviews conducted face-to-face using an interview guide with n = 12 paramedics. Interviews will be recorded and transcribed by a transcription agency, with transcribers being required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Interview transcripts will be analysed using thematic analysis.
Study 2 will involve a survey of approximately n = 350 paramedics who will complete a battery of psychometric measures of key constructs related to EI, afterwork recovery and wellbeing. Data analysis will use SPSS Version 27 and Amos Version 27. Research findings will provide new insights into the link between EI and after-work recovery, whilst advancing JD-R theory into the paramedic domain.
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