Some suggestions for increasing the usefulness of psychological and sociological studies of shiftwork

A. A I Wedderburn

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    Instead of attempting to reach one correct conclusion on the attitudes of shift workers to shift work, social psychologists should work towards amplification of the meaning of 'adjustment to' and 'satisfaction with' shift work. Single global questions, which are open to criticism on several grounds, may be combined with Job Descriptive Index (J. D. I. )-type scales. These are easy to complete, show good agreement with global questions, and may be used to point out problems in a shift work situation. These problems tend to be multiple for most shift workers: physical, social and personal, but further work is needed to map out their interrelationships in different shift work systems and situations. Sociologists could usefully explore the characteristic features of social settings where shift work is more or less acceptable.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)827-833
    Number of pages7
    JournalErgonomics
    Volume21
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1978
    EventInt Symp on Night and Shift Work, 4th - Dortmund, W Ger
    Duration: 14 Nov 197717 Nov 1977

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    Some suggestions for increasing the usefulness of psychological and sociological studies of shiftwork. / Wedderburn, A. A I.

    In: Ergonomics, Vol. 21, No. 10, 10.1978, p. 827-833.

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