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Psychological Resilience and Occupational Injuries

Version 1 : Received: 13 July 2018 / Approved: 16 July 2018 / Online: 16 July 2018 (07:54:19 CEST)

How to cite: Salminen, S.; Perttula, P.; Puro, V. Psychological Resilience and Occupational Injuries. Preprints 2018, 2018070259 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0259.v1). Salminen, S.; Perttula, P.; Puro, V. Psychological Resilience and Occupational Injuries. Preprints 2018, 2018070259 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0259.v1).

Abstract

Resilience embodies the personal qualities that enable one to thrive in the face of adversity. A previous Italian study showed that injured workers had a lower level of resilience than non-injured workers. The aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between occupational injuries and psychological resilience. The subjects were 197 drivers from two Finnish waste transport companies. As a part of larger questionnaire, they fulfilled the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale, which consisted of 25 items. Drivers reported their occupational injuries during the last three years. The drivers involved in occupational injuries had higher score (average 69.3) on Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale than drivers avoided injuries (67.7). According to Student’s t-test the difference between groups was highly significant (t = 40.44, df = 196, p<0.001). The result of this study was contradictory to earlier Italian study. One explanation may be that the Italian study was done with traumatic context with seriously injured patients. Waste transport drivers were rather young and fit males, who had suffered only minor injuries.

Subject Areas

work accidents; drivers; waste; Finland

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