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Table 1 Stressor code and sub-theme frequency grouped by four overarching themes

From: Thematic analysis of aid workers’ stressors and coping strategies: work, psychological, lifestyle and social dimensions

Stressors
Work 476 Psychological 139 Lifestyle 74 Social connection 36
Working with others 230 Suffering of others and inability to Help 110 Physical health and safety 48 Personal relationships 36
 Colleagues 56  Lack of impact 29  Security concerns 31  Separation from loved ones 17
 Managers 45  Lack of funding 26  Traumatic events 8  Loneliness 14
 Unrealistic expectations from others 37  Suffering of others 22  Health issues 5  Lack of intimacy 5
 Donors 18  Feeling powerless 12  Security restrictions 4
 Staff integrity and commitment 17  Gap between values and actions 11 Living conditions 26
 Staff capacity 12  Self-doubt 10  Access to personal resources 10
 Communication issues 9 Unfair systems 29  Difficult living conditions 7
 Recipients 9  Corruption 9  Relocations 5
 Managing others 8  Lack of recipient focus 8  Cultural differences 4
 Organisational politics 8  Aid system 6
 Local government 6  Inequity 6
 Local partners 5
Organisational 184
 Workload 59
 Organisational structures and systems 28
 Bureaucracy 25
 Poor organisational support 24
 Deadlines and time shortage 21
 Large job roles 6
 Lack of recognition 4
 Poor work practices 17
Work conditions 62
 Work-life balance 28
 Job security 12
 Low wages and financial insecurity 10
 Excessive travel 7
 Sexism 5
  1. N = 218. Each participant’s response was coded into any theme they evoked and could include multiple codes from the same sub-theme. Thus, themes overlap, and a participant may be represented multiple times within a code, sub-theme or overarching theme