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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Sep 30;15(10). pii: E2150. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15102150.

Seafarers' Quality of Life: Organizational Culture, Self-Efficacy, and Perceived Fatigue.

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Department of Nursing, Hyejeon College, 25 Daehak-gil, Hongseong-eup, Hongseong-gun, 32244 Chungcheongnam-do, Korea.
Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro, Dongjak-gu, 06979 Seoul, Korea.


Using the Culture-Work-Health model, this study investigates the factors influencing the quality of life of seafarers. This study conducted a survey of 320 seafarers who have lived and worked on a ship for more than six months. This self-administered questionnaire included questions on organizational culture and support, self-efficacy, perceived fatigue, as well as the quality of work life. Organizational culture and self-efficacy were identified as factors affecting the quality of work life, while organizational support was found to have an indirect effect through self-efficacy and perceived fatigue. The final model accounts for 63.1% of the variance in seafarers' quality of life. As such, this study shows that self-efficacy is important for the quality of life of seafarers, having both direct and indirect effects. Moreover, organizational support may prove to be the primary intervention point for relieving perceived fatigue and enhancing self-efficacy, thus improving the quality of work life.


culture-work-health model; organizational culture; organizational support; quality of work life; seafarers; self-efficacy

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