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Staff resilience and coping behavior as protective factors for mental health among construction tradesmen

Janet Mayowa Nwaogu (Department of Building and Real Estate, Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR)
Albert P.C. Chan (Department of Building and Real Estate, Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR)
Mershack Opoku Tetteh (Department of Building and Real Estate, Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 4 February 2021

Issue publication date: 12 April 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Construction tradesmen are exposed to high levels of stress that can worsen mental health, negatively impacting safety compliance and organization productivity. Hence, effectively coping with stress to prevent mental ill-health becomes an essential point of reference. Thus, this study aims to examine the role of factors such as resilience and coping strategies in protecting tradesmen against mental ill-health.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a cross-sectional survey design, 110 tradesmen from 65 construction companies were surveyed using the Patient Health Questionnaire, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Brief Resilience Scale and Ways of Coping Questionnaire.

Findings

The results were analyzed using descriptive statistics and logistic regression analysis. With a 74.5%, 36.4% and 14.6% prevalence rate of self-reported depression, anxiety and suicide ideation among the tradesmen, only positive reappraisal, accepting responsibility coping behaviors and resilience would mitigate the likelihood of developing mental ill-health symptoms.

Originality/value

This study has extended existing literature by providing information vital to building interventions to deal with stressors effectively. This information would benefit individuals, organizations and the economy and equip policymakers with a deeper knowledge base toward improving mental health.

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Acknowledgements

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University financially supported the research described in this paper, and it is part of a PhD study. Hence, studies with similar backgrounds but varying scopes may be produced.

Citation

Nwaogu, J.M., Chan, A.P.C. and Tetteh, M.O. (2022), "Staff resilience and coping behavior as protective factors for mental health among construction tradesmen", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 671-695. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-11-2020-0464

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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