Extension professionals’ information use, protective behaviors, and work-life stress during the COVID-19 pandemic

Glenn D. Israel, David C. Diehl, Sebastian Galindo, Cassandra Ward, Athena K. Ramos, Marcy Harrington, Edward J. Kasner

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Abstract

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked Extension professionals about sources used to inform their work, means used to inform clientele, and management of their own health and well-being. Survey data revealed that Extension professionals sought information from trusted sources and that large majorities were involved in disseminating online information to clientele. Extension professionals felt well supported, were prepared to address the pandemic’s challenges, and were practicing recommended health behaviors. However, respondents reported high levels of stress and difficulty balancing professional and personal needs. Recommendations focus on collaborative opportunities for Extension as well as professional development and other resources for Extension personnel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume58
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Extension personnel
  • information methods
  • work capacity
  • work-life balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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