Measures to Boost Mental Health in the Construction Industry: Lessons from the Nigerian Workplace

Janet M. Nwaogu, Albert P.C. Chan

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Abstract

The construction industry's workforce is experiencing deteriorating mental health. In Nigeria, the reported prevalence rate of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among construction supervisors is 55.1%, 14.8%, and 0.1%, respectively. Thus, spurring this research into examining measures to implement to prevent and mitigate the onset of common mental ill-health. This was done by evaluating a mix of 19 strategies divided into seven constructs that can be adopted to promote mental health. The strategies were selected from existing literature using the multi-modal intervention approach to mental health promotion as a guiding principle. Surveys were collected from 82 purposively selected construction supervisors and experts, and were analyzed using mean score and Mann-Whitney U test. The study revealed that strategies related to morale-boosting are essential. The study highlights primary, secondary, and tertiary intervention strategies that could be implemented to boost mental health and well-being in the construction workplace. This study contributes to the existing global body of knowledge on measures essential for workplace intervention on health and safety.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2022
Subtitle of host publicationHealth and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
EditorsFarrokh Jazizadeh, Tripp Shealy, Michael J. Garvin
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages580-589
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483985
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022 - Arlington, United States
Duration: 9 Mar 202212 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
Volume4-D

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington
Period9/03/2212/03/22

Keywords

  • Health and safety
  • Mental health
  • Multi-modal intervention approach
  • Strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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