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The impact of night work on psychological well-being


Bohle, P and Tilley, AJ, The impact of night work on psychological well-being, Ergonomics, 32, (9) pp. 1089-1099. ISSN 0014-0139 (1989) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1989 Taylor 8t Francis Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1080/00140138908966876


This study tested the efficacy of selected personality, behavioural, and social/organizational variables as predictors of adaptation to night work. Sixty female student nurses were studied during their first IS months of shiftwork. Twenty-two worked on rotating day and afternoon shifts throughout, while the remaining 38 began regular night shifts after six months. Psychological symptoms were measured at baseline (Stage 1), six months (Stage 2) and 15 months (Stage 3). Repeated measures analysis of variance revealed a significant shift group x symptoms interaction (p<005) between Stages 2 and 3. Only the night workers displayed a significant increase (Tukey HSD: p<001) in symptoms between Stages 1 and 3. Multiple regression analysis revealed that neuroticism and perceived work/nonwork conflict predicted symptoms at Stage 2. Night work, social support from supervisors, and morningness were predictors at Stage 3. These results suggest that organisational, behavioural, and physiological factors moderate the impact of night work on psychological well-being, and personality factors do not.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:working hours; night work; occupational health; nursing
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Bohle, P (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:140271
Year Published:1989
Web of Science® Times Cited:109
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-08-04
Last Modified:2021-09-30

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