Mental health, work engagement, and meaningful work-role fit of industrial psychologists: a latent profile analysis

Llewellyn Ellardus van Zyl (Corresponding author), Sebastiaan Rothmann, Carmine Nieman

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify distinctive mental health profiles for industrial psychologists based on the Mental Health Continuum. Further, it aimed to determine how these profiles differ with respect to work-role fit, meaningfulness, and work engagement. It also aimed to investigate whether industrial psychologists within managerial- or specialist differ in respect of different types of mental health. An online cross-sectional survey design was employed to draw a census sample (n = 274) from all South African industrial psychologists. A biographical questionnaire, the Work-Role Fit Scale, the Psychological Meaningfulness Scale, the Work Engagement Scale, and the Mental Health Continuum-Short Form were administered. Descriptive statistics, correlations, latent profile analysis, MANOVAs, and ANOVAs were computed. Three mental health profiles for industrial psychologists were identified: languishing, moderately mentally healthy and flourishing. Significant differences between the three mental health profiles and experiences of meaningful work-role fit and work engagement were found, but not between experiences of managerial roles. The results shows that individuals with different mental health profiles, experience work and its related outcomes, differently. Therefore, in order to enhance meaningful work-role fit and work engagement of industrial psychologists, a one-size-fits-all model may not be appropriate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199–213
Number of pages15
JournalPsychological Studies
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • meaningful work-role fit
  • work engagement
  • industrial psychologists
  • managerial roles

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