Conceptual model for managing mental health in the culturally diverse construction workforce

Qinjun Liu, Yingbin Feng, Kerry London

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Abstract

Construction workers are exposed to a plethora of stressors which may cause psychological problems. Meanwhile, in the context of globalization, there is a growing trend of diverse culture within the construction industry which may aggravate the mental health issues of construction workforce. Therefore, to better address the mental health issues in a multicultural workplace, the impact of culturalrelated factor should be considered. However, how construction workers' mental health is influenced in a multicultural context remains unclear. Thus, there's a need to investigate the major determinants of mental health so as to reduce workers' psychological issues in the culturally diverse worksite. The aim of this research is to develop a conceptual framework of mental health for the multicultural construction workforce. Literature review was adopted as the research method to lay a solid theoretical foundation for the development of the conceptual framework. This study was grounded in the transactional theory of stress and coping. Cultural coping models were employed to justify the incorporation of cultural-related factors. Conceptualisation of intercultural coping was based on the tripartite model of attitude and intercultural competence model. The occupational stress model identified the sub-dimensions of personal and work stressors. Hypotheses regarding the relationships between the main factors were proposed and measurements of each items were determined. The conceptual model may contribute to the knowledge of mental health management in a multicultural construction workplace and provide an effective framework for workers to manage their mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARCOM 2020 - Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 36th Annual Conference 2020 - Proceedings
EditorsLloyd Scott, Christopher J. Neilson
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Pages595-604
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780995546332
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event36th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2020 - Virtual, Online, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20208 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameARCOM 2020 - Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 36th Annual Conference 2020 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference36th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2020
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Online
Period7/09/208/09/20

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Cultural diversity
  • Mental health
  • Stressor
  • Workforce

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