The contribution of professional life space (PLS) to the study of professional well being. A study about professionals of the italian justice system.

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This work has been carried out within the framework of the Italian justice system, characterized by a very critical situation. It deals with two specific professional groups: freelance lawyers and prison police officers. These professionals have to face important challenges related to the social context every day, for this reason their professional identities are at risk. The research herewith described aims at presenting the contribution of the Professional Life-Space drawing (PLS) to the study of professional wellbeing. The PLS, an adaptation of the individual version of the Family Life Space (Gozzoli, Tamanza, 2008), is a graphic-symbolic tool which aims to catch the representation made by a single professional on his professional world and the relevant relational network. In particular the research aims to monitor the professional wellbeing / malaise of two professional groups. Twenty police officers of a “casa circondariale” in Lombardy Region (Italy) and twenty freelance lawyers have been involved. Both groups filled the Organizational Check-up System (OCS) by Leiter and Maslach (2005), in order to measure the workers burn-out level and their relation with their own job. Afterwards they compiled the PLS. The OCSs were analysed with the support of SPSS software, while the drawings were analysed at a phenomenological-interpretative level. The first analysis shows that most of the professionals are in a situation of considerable burn-out. Their graphic representations are extremely lacking in elements and bonds. Many individuals drawn themselves at the margins of the sheet, surrounded by their family members. They also put their colleagues far from themselves in the sheet, underlying their distance from a very hard working framework. With these two pilot studies we want to show that the data collected using the PLS may complete the ones about the professional burn-out, introducing the aspect of the representation of their professional relational network. We think that it is an important aspect to be monitored and supported, as a protecting factor in promoting wellbeing in professional setting.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteProceedings of the second global congress for qualitative health research. Engaging people in health promotion & well-being.
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012
Evento2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health research - Milano
Durata: 28 giu 201230 giu 2012


Convegno2nd Global Congress for Qualitative Health research


  • burnout
  • professional life space
  • professional well-being


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