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Document ID (ISN)77765
CIS number 01-1850
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2093-X
Year 2001
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 365/2001
Author(s) Wedderburn K., Rankin D.
Health and Safety Executive
Title An intervention using a self-help guide to improve the coping behaviour of nightshift workers and its evaluation
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2001. viii, 86p. 49 ref. Price: GBP 15.00.
Abstract Disruption to sleeping, eating and social habits through shift work can lead to chronic impairments of mental and physical health. This study examines the effects of a self-help booklet for shift workers that aims to improve health and adaptation to working shifts. The evaluation was conducted using self-report questionnaires from a sample of 85 shift-working police officers. Measures were taken of agreement and behavioural endorsement of coping strategies. Barriers to implementing strategies were also examined. The results indicate that changes in attitude and behaviour were negligible, suggesting that it is very difficult to change health-related behaviours. The study indicates that self-help booklets provide "information" rather than "education" for shift workers, and that it may be necessary to adopt more intensive educational programmes to effect change in health behaviour.
Descriptors (primary) shift work; night work; stress factors; human behaviour; psychology and sociology
Descriptors (secondary) information dissemination; public OSH institutions; United Kingdom; report; information of personnel; programme evaluation; police forces; safety and health training; questionnaire survey
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Mental stress and burnout