Mental health shame of UK construction workers: Relationship with masculinity, work motivation, and self-compassion.
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AbstractDespite their poor mental health, many UK construction workers do not seek out help, because of shame for mental health problems relating to masculinity. The purposes of this study were to investigate relationships among mental health shame, mental health problems, masculinity, self-compassion, and motivation, and examine whether self-compassion would mediate the relationship between mental health shame and mental health problems. Construction workers (n=155) completed measures for those five constructs. The five constructs were adequately correlated with each other, but masculinity and motivation were not related to shame. Self-compassion partially mediated the relationship between mental health shame and mental health problems. Findings may help construction workers understand the importance of mental health shame with mental health problems, and identify better solutions for poor mental health. Brief online self-compassion training was recommended to reduce shame and enhance self-compassion, and may be accessible for construction workers who work at diverse sites and hours.
CitationKotera, Y., Green, P., and Sheffield, D. (2019) 'Mental health shame of UK construction workers: Relationship with masculinity, work motivation, and self-compassion'. Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 35(2), pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.5093/jwop2019a15.
PublisherColegio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madrid
JournalJournal of Work and Organizational Psychology