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Rotation work in the resources sector: a systematic review of the impact on workers’ families

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posted on 2023-04-05, 04:53 authored by BYA Asare, D Powell, Suzanne RobinsonSuzanne Robinson, D Kwasnicka
Objective: Rotation work involves travelling to work in remote areas for a block of time and alternate with spending another block of time at home; such work arrangements have become common in the resources sector. The intermittent absence of workers from the home may adversely affect the health of the workers’ families. This study synthesises research on mental and physical health outcomes in partners and children of rotation workers in the resources sector. Design: A systematic review was conducted. Studies were retrieved from PubMed, Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Scopus. Nineteen studies were included and findings were summarised narratively. Results: The impact of rotation work on the mental health and well-being of partners and children of rotation workers remains unclear. However, on days where workers are away, partners may experience greater loneliness and poorer sleep quality. Conclusion: Partners may benefit from support, particularly when they have younger children and/or their spouses first begin rotation work. Research is limited, particularly regarding the impact on health-related behaviours and physical health outcomes. Registration: This review was registered on PROSPERO (ID: CRD42020167649).

History

Journal

Psychology and Health

Pagination

1-30

Location

England

ISSN

0887-0446

eISSN

1476-8321

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Informa UK Limited