Workability and mental wellbeing among therapeutic prison officers

Walker, E.J. and Jackson, C.A. and Egan, H.H. and Tonkin, M. (2015) Workability and mental wellbeing among therapeutic prison officers. Occupational Medicine, 65 (7). pp. 549-551. ISSN 09627480 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Background: Previous research has examined how age and health can shape workability (WA). This study seeks to explore how a lack of WA (inability) may affect the health of the employee. Aims: To explore the effects of work inability on mental wellbeing among therapeutic prison officers. Methods: An anonymous cross-sectional study of prison officers conducted in a category B English prison using the Work Ability Index (WAI) and General Health Questionnaire-28 (GHQ). Results: Fifty-seven officers (59%) participated and of those 95% achieved GHQ caseness. Officers with poorer WA reported significantly higher GHQ scores. Work inability for mental demands had significant associations with anxiety (β = -0.58, 95% CI -4.21 to -1.88, particularly sleep loss; Pearson's r = -0.66). Conclusions: Our findings present clear associations between poor WA and its impact upon mental wellbeing. The results of this study may help to focus on areas for intervention such as improving WA and promoting mental wellbeing. © The Author 2015.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental wellbeing, Occupation, Prisons, Work ability
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 11:56
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2016 11:56
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1724

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