Occupational stress and job demand, control and support factors among construction project consultants

Summary

One of the Series of APM Research Summaries drawing on published research in the International Journal of Project Management.

The construction industry is well-known for work-related stress. The causes are due to the project-driven nature of the industry and the work pressure, including long working hours that this entails. The conclusion is that occupational stress is getting worse. Previous studies have focused mainly on single professional groups in industrialised countries.

This study extends those studies by investigating occupational stress among multi-disciplinary professionals in a developing economy, South Africa. The study was conducted in the context of 13 factors, identified in the commonly used ‘Job Demands Control’ (JDC) and ‘Job Demands Control-Support’ (JDC-S) theories.

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