Resilience and well-being: a multi-country exploration of construction management students

Turner, M, Scott-Young, C and Holdsworth, S 2019, 'Resilience and well-being: a multi-country exploration of construction management students', International Journal of Construction Management, pp. 1-12.

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Title Resilience and well-being: a multi-country exploration of construction management students
Author(s) Turner, M
Scott-Young, C
Holdsworth, S
Year 2019
Journal name International Journal of Construction Management
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract Development of resilience at university prepares construction management students for career success. This is especially important as construction is known as a demanding industry in which its workers experience high levels of stress and poor well-being. The resilience and well-being of construction management students in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States were explored. Three hundred and sixty-six undergraduates completed a survey. Resilience and well-being were measured using the Resilience at University scale, Short WarwickEdinburgh Mental Well-being Scale, Subjective Happiness Scale and the emotional exhaustion component of the Maslach Burnout Inventory ScaleStudent Survey. Students from the United States had the highest level of resilience followed by Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. Of the four countries, students from Hong Kong had the lowest level of well-being. Findings identified that resilience is a predictor of student well-being, highlighting the importance of building students resilience through the construction management curricula. The results suggest that the development and nurturing of resilience at university should be considered in the context of country. As resilience is a transferable skill, efforts to facilitate resilience development will support students to transition, adapt and thrive in the demanding construction industry.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Construction management
mental health
DOI - identifier 10.1080/15623599.2019.1588843
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ISSN 1562-3599
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