Assessing psychological well-being: A holistic investigation of NHS employees

Loretto, W., Popham, F. , Platt, S., Pavis, S., Hardy, G., Macleod, L. and Gibbs, J. (2005) Assessing psychological well-being: A holistic investigation of NHS employees. International Review of Psychiatry, 17(5), pp. 329-336. (doi:10.1080/09540260500238371)

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A substantial body of research has investigated the effects of work on the psychological well-being of employees. However, there has been little assessment of the ways in which workplace factors (such as job demands, working conditions, inter-personal relations and workplace change) interact with personal factors (such as work-life balance, family circumstances, key personality traits or demographic characteristics) to affect psychological health. This article reports findings from a study which aimed to construct and test a comprehensive model of the influences on employee well-being within the UK National Health Service (NHS). The results show that psychological well-being is influenced by a complex array of personal, environmental and work factors. A key finding is that there are clear associations between workplace change and well-being and between work-life (im)balance and well-being. These effects appear to be independent of one another and therefore require separate attention from managers and employers.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Popham, Dr Timothy
Authors: Loretto, W., Popham, F., Platt, S., Pavis, S., Hardy, G., Macleod, L., and Gibbs, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:International Review of Psychiatry
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
ISSN (Online):1369-1627
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