The Unsuspected Ties Between Linguistic Affiliation and Professional Distress in Healthcare Social Workers

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Date: Spring 2021
From: Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal(Vol. 53, Issue 1)
Publisher: Canadian Ethnic Studies Association
Document Type: Report
Length: 7,556 words
Lexile Measure: 1580L

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This article explores the role of linguistic affiliation in the social representation of the professional distress of francophone healthcare social workers in minority settings. Faced with several contradictions in the literature on the influence of linguistic affiliation on mental health and workplace well-being, we conducted 30 semi-directed interviews with healthcare social workers in three provinces: Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. The thematic analysis of the interviews indicates that linguistic affiliation relates to the social representation of professional distress around matters of recognition, discrimination, employment precarity and role boundaries. These findings were discussed in terms of francophone social workers' professional identity, their multiple power relations and their lived experiences. Keywords: Social work, linguistic affiliation, professional distress, social representations, Francophone minority, professional identity. Cet article explore le role de l'affiliation linguistique sur la representation sociale de la detresse professionnelle de travailleuses sociales cliniques francophones en contexte minoritaire. Face aux nombreuses contradictions identifies au sein de la litterature scientifique concernant l'influence de l'identite linguistique sur la sante mentale et le bien-etre au travail, nous avons mene 30 entrevues semi-dirigees aupres de travailleuses sociales issues du milieu de la sante a meme trois provinces : le Manitoba, l'Ontario et le Nouveau-Brunswick. L'analyse thematique de nos entrevues indique que l'affiliation linguistique de nos participantes se rapporte a la representation sociale de leur detresse professionnelle sur quatre points : la reconnaissance, la discrimination, la precarite d'emploi et les frontieres du role professionnel. Ces resultats furent discutes au regard de l'identite professionnelle des travailleuses sociales francophones, des multiples relations de pouvoir auxquelles el les sont confrontees et de leur experience vecue partagee. Mots-cles : Travail social, affiliation linguistique, detresse professionnelle, representations sociales, minorite francophone, identite professionnelle.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A653082817