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    Towards a context-specific approach to understanding lawyers’ wellbeing: a synthesis review and future research agenda

    Soon, Lucinda and McDowall, Almuth and Teoh, Kevin (2023) Towards a context-specific approach to understanding lawyers’ wellbeing: a synthesis review and future research agenda. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law , ISSN 1321-8719.

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    Abstract

    Legal sector organisations face mounting pressure to protect and promote lawyers’ wellbeing. However, knowledge is fragmented hindering research and practice development. Our review investigated current conceptual understanding and empirical evidence of contextual influences. We systematically mapped the global scholarly and grey literature published since 1970, reviewing 145 relevant publications. Lawyers’ wellbeing is conceptualised primarily as ill-being, despite wellbeing’s positive facets. Empirical consideration of work context is mostly absent, though we deduce a focus on large commercial law firm practice and public service/legal aid. Our explanatory synthesis is abductive, coalescing Bourdieu’s (1977) concepts of field and habitus with Hobfoll’s (1989) conservation of resources theory to explain how context influences lawyers’ wellbeing via distinct resource losses. We urge theoretical development to elucidate the role of context and theory-driven research on the cumulative effects of resource loss and gain. Recommendations for practice include a renewed focus on job design and line management upskilling.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): systematic review, lawyers, legal professionals, work-related wellbeing, conservation of resources theory
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Kevin Teoh
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2023 12:11
    Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 16:12
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/51014

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