SHIFTWORK LOCUS OF CONTROL EFFECTS IN POLICE OFFICERS

Lawrence SMITH, Carl MASON
2001 Journal of Human Ergology  
Personality and experientially-based differences are suggested to moderate the negative effects of shiftworking. This investigation was one of a series of studies aimed at examining the relationship between internal locus of control (internality) and commonly reported outcomes of exposure to shiftworking. The study concentrated on whether or not shiftwork-specific internality appeared to be associated with better experiences for two groups of shiftworkers on different shift rotas. The Shiftwork
more » ... Locus of Control (SHLOC) scale was completed by each group along with a range of outcome measures (including: sleep disturbance, alertness on shift, psychological well-being, disturbance of social and family life, and fatigue). The analyses controlled for for age, shiftwork experience and years of service effects. The results showed that for the majority of outcome variables, the higher internality was associated with significantly lower levels of shiftwork problems, especially when compared to the low internality group. The findings of this study further support the use of shiftwork-specific locus of control in shiftwork research as an indicator of potentially better tolerance, and possibly as part of an occupational heatlth monitoring process to aid the targeting of interventions.
doi:10.11183/jhe1972.30.217 fatcat:pibt77djlfcgzpea6io7b4zunm