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Vol 63, No 4 (2012)
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Work demands are related to mental health problems for older engine room officers

Leif W. Rydstedt, Monica Lundh
International Maritime Health 2012;63(4):176-180.

open access

Vol 63, No 4 (2012)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original article
Submitted: 2013-02-18
Published online: 2013-02-01

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to analyse the main and interaction effects of age and psychosocial work demands on mental wellbeing in a sample (N = 685; age M = 47 years) of engine room officers in the Swedish merchant fleet. As expected, work demands were highly related to general mental health as well as to perceived stress, while the main effect of age only related significantly to perceived stress. The interaction effects between high work demands and high age significantly explained the variance of general mental health as well as perceived stress. The results can be understood as a consequence of the rapid technological and organisational development in the shipping industry and suggest that it ought be of high priority to provide older employees with work-related resources to support their long-term work performance as well as their health and wellbeing.

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to analyse the main and interaction effects of age and psychosocial work demands on mental wellbeing in a sample (N = 685; age M = 47 years) of engine room officers in the Swedish merchant fleet. As expected, work demands were highly related to general mental health as well as to perceived stress, while the main effect of age only related significantly to perceived stress. The interaction effects between high work demands and high age significantly explained the variance of general mental health as well as perceived stress. The results can be understood as a consequence of the rapid technological and organisational development in the shipping industry and suggest that it ought be of high priority to provide older employees with work-related resources to support their long-term work performance as well as their health and wellbeing.
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Keywords

older workforce; work demands; interactions; mental health

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Title

Work demands are related to mental health problems for older engine room officers

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 63, No 4 (2012)

Article type

Original article

Pages

176-180

Published online

2013-02-01

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2012;63(4):176-180.

Keywords

older workforce
work demands
interactions
mental health

Authors

Leif W. Rydstedt
Monica Lundh

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