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    The Positive Psychology of Maritime Health

    McVeigh, Joanne and MacLachlan, Malcolm and Kavanagh, Bill (2016) The Positive Psychology of Maritime Health. Journal of The Institute of Remote Health Care, 7 (2). pp. 20-28. ISSN 2055-1894

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    The remote, isolated, confined, and safety-critical environment of seafaring exposes seafarers to a very specific assortment of stressors. Research suggests that seafarers as a professional group are amongst those at high risk for stress and associated mental health conditions. This article explores positive psychology as an approach to supporting wellbeing at sea. Positive psychology may support health, positive attitudes and productive work behaviour; however it cannot and should not be employed as a means of inoculating seafarers against the negative consequences of fundamentally unreasonable work practices. Rather, positive psychology can help seafarers thrive in an overall context that recognises and enacts the benefits of a positive and reasonable work environment. Recommendations are made for future research regarding online or computer-based positive psychology interventions and training, and research on maritime health at the systems level.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: positive psychology; maritime health; seafarers; wellbeing; stress; organizational justice;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10595
    Depositing User: Joanne McVeigh
    Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2019 12:22
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of The Institute of Remote Health Care
    Publisher: Institute of Remote Health Care
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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