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Examining the influence of behavioural attitudes and burnout on the help-seeking behaviour of Australian fly-in/ fly-out workers using a theory of planned behaviour framework

Lewis, Cindy (2019) Examining the influence of behavioural attitudes and burnout on the help-seeking behaviour of Australian fly-in/ fly-out workers using a theory of planned behaviour framework. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) work has become a primary way of getting work done in the Australian resources sector. Research has shown that FIFO workers experience a disproportionately high rate of mental health problems compared to the general population. Psychological burnout is widely reported in the healthcare industry, but less thoroughly investigated in FIFO workers. Despite the widespread mental health problems, support services are often under-utilised. This study utilised the well-established Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) Framework to explore its utility for examining help-seeking behaviour in this context. The study also sought to determine whether psychological burnout itself is a moderating factor in the cognitive processes people engage in when making decisions. The study used an anonymous survey to collect self-report data. Participants were recruited through a social media campaign and the final sample comprised of N= 105, which was 67.6% male. Overall, the results of the study suggested that psychological burnout is an observable complaint in the FIFO workforce. The results also indicated that burnout does not have a moderating effect on behavioural attitudes and intentions; instead, the perceptions of others’ opinions about behaviour, rather than one’s attitude is the most prominent obstacle to seeking help among FIFO workers.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
United Nations SDGs: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
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URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60737
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