Work stress, support, and mental health in construction

Love, P.E.D. and Edwards, D.J. and Irani, Z. (2010) Work stress, support, and mental health in construction. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136 (6). pp. 650-658. ISSN 07339364 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Construction professionals are subjected to a plethora of occupational demands that can have a negative effect on their psychological wellbeing. Such demands can have an adverse influence on individual and organizational performance. To investigate the nature of self and social supports and mental health among construction professionals, an exploratory study was undertaken using the Stress and Mental Health Survey. The survey was distributed to construction professionals throughout Australia and 449 responses were received. Analysis revealed that those working for a contracting organization on-site reported higher levels of poor mental health and greater work stress than consultants. Those working on-site also experienced greater levels of self-stress, whereas consultants reported higher levels of self and work support. Work support was a significant predictor of poor mental health for consultants. Good health, however, was predicted by self, situational, and work support, whereas those working for a contractor only self-support predicated good mental health. It is concluded that while supports are essential in the fostering of good mental health, the absence of these supports can have a significant impact on poor mental health. © 2010 ASCE.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, Construction, Mental health, Social support, Stress, Australia, Construction professionals, Contracting organizations, Exploratory studies, Mental health, Organizational performance, Psychological well-being, Self-stresses, Significant impacts, Social support, Work stress, Work support, Surveys, Health
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Integrated Design Construction
UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 13:57
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 13:57
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2824

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