IDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO AN INCREASE IN LIFEGUARD COMPLACENCY
Phillips, Rebecca M.
The purpose of this thesis was to identify factors that predict lifeguard complacency in an effort to increase overall vigilance while lifeguarding. Three research questions were explored: (a) what factors contribute to lifeguard complacency, (b) what are the factors associated with the greatest risk for complacency, and (c) what preventative strategies can be implemented to reduce complacency in aquatic settings. To address these research questions, a cross-sectional sample (N = 92) from different pools and aquatic facilities completed a researcher-designed instrument. Descriptive statistics, factor analysis, and multiple regressions were utilized to address the study's research questions. Stress and boredom were nearly equal in their positive association with complacency. Reportedly, secondary responsibilities were negatively associated with complacency, suggesting that lifeguards are more vigilant when reporting secondary responsibilities as part of their day-to-day work. Recommendations include: (a) continuous educational efforts; (b) programs that specifically meet the needs of individual facilities; (c) encourage prevention strategies throughout all aspects of employment, from initial hiring, to ongoing inservice training and performance evaluation; and (d) assignment of secondary duties to increase accountability, but only during scheduled appropriate times.
Phillips, Rebecca M.. (January 2011). IDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO AN INCREASE IN LIFEGUARD COMPLACENCY (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3576.)
Phillips, Rebecca M.. IDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO AN INCREASE IN LIFEGUARD COMPLACENCY. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2011. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/3576. August 13, 2022.
Phillips, Rebecca M., “IDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO AN INCREASE IN LIFEGUARD COMPLACENCY” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2011).
Phillips, Rebecca M.. IDENTIFICATION OF FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO AN INCREASE IN LIFEGUARD COMPLACENCY [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2011.
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