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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

versão On-line ISSN 2071-0763
versão impressa ISSN 0258-5200


ROSSOUW, Elna  e  ROTHMANN, Sebastiaan. Well-being of judges: A review of quantitative and qualitative studies. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2020, vol.46, n.1, pp.1-12. ISSN 2071-0763.

ORIENTATION: Research regarding the well-being of judges is essential given the effects thereof on their work and contextual performance. RESEARCH PURPOSE: This study aimed to review qualitative and quantitative empirical studies on the well-being of judges. Because of the limited availability of empirical studies on this topic, research in only five countries was included. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: The state of judges' well-being may affect, among others, their decision-making ability and their decorum in court. RESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: A scoping review was used to synthesise research evidence on the well-being of judges. Relevant literature was searched using computerised databases, covering the period from January 2008 to May 2018. Eleven studies met the inclusion criteria. Using the ATLAS.ti 8 programme for qualitative data analysis, the data were extracted from 11 articles. MAIN FINDINGS: A variety of job demands, such as judges' heavy workloads and time constraints, emotional demands of their work, negative work-home interference and their safety concerns, had a negative effect on their well-being. Despite the stressors and occupational demands to which judges were subjected, some judges experienced high levels of well-being because of, inter alia, the autonomy they had over certain aspects of their work, the nature of their work and positive relationships with their colleagues. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Interventions should be employed to address stressors and job demands, as well as job resources that affect judges' well-being. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This study adds to scientific knowledge vis-à-vis the well-being of judges.

Palavras-chave : flourishing; judges; well-being; functioning; feeling.

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