Linking collective self-esteem to well-being indicators of arts therapies students and practitioners: Meaning and engagement as mediators

Hod Orkibi, Adi Bar-nir

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Abstract

This study examined the relationships between collective self-esteem (CSE), job satisfaction (professional outcome), and subjective well-being (personal outcome) in Israeli creative arts therapies students as compared to practitioners (N= 233). Based on self-enhancement theory and conservation of resources theory, the roles of work engagement and meaningful work as two parallel mediators in these relationships were also examined. Analysis of intergroup differences indicated that students scored higher than practitioners on CSE, whereas practitioners scored higher than students on all other variables. The results portrayed a complex picture. For students, only work engagement, but not meaningful work, mediated the relationship between CSE and job satisfaction; there was no spillover effect on students' personal subjective well-being. For practitioners, both work engagement and meaningful work mediated the relationship between CSE and job satisfaction; there was a spillover effect such that professional variables affected practitioners' personal subjective well-being. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-35
Number of pages10
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Volume45
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

  • Collective self-esteem
  • Creative arts therapies
  • Field training
  • Job satisfaction
  • Meaning
  • Students
  • Work engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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