Australian lawyer well-being: Workplace demands, resources and the impact of time-billing targets

Bergin, Adele J. and Jimmieson, Nerina L. (2013) Australian lawyer well-being: Workplace demands, resources and the impact of time-billing targets. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 21 3: 427-441. doi:10.1080/13218719.2013.822783


Author Bergin, Adele J.
Jimmieson, Nerina L.
Title Australian lawyer well-being: Workplace demands, resources and the impact of time-billing targets
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Publication date 2013-07-30
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2013.822783
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 427
End page 441
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
2734 Pathology and Forensic Medicine
3201 Psychology (miscellaneous)
3308 Law
Abstract The purpose of the present study was to examine the types of workplace demands and resources experienced by full-time Australian lawyers, and the prevalence of a range of psychological outcomes. The study further focussed on the impact of time-billing targets on lawyers’ experience of these variables. Participants were 384 full-time Australian lawyers who completed an online questionnaire distributed by their Australian State or Territory Law Society. Analysis revealed that emphasis on profits within the workplace was the highest perceived demand, and the perception of social value in their work was the highest available resource. The results indicated that 37% of participants displayed Moderate to Extremely Severe depressive symptoms, and 35% were a positive screen for hazardous or harmful drinking. A series of three multivariate analyses of variance revealed significant differences between non-billers, low-to-moderate billers and high billers, with high billers experiencing greater demands, fewer resources and poorer psychological outcomes. The practical applications of these results for the legal profession are discussed.
Keyword Alcohol misuse
Anxiety
Demands
Depression
Job dissatisfaction
Lawyers
Resources
Stress
Time-billing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 20 July 2013.

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