Application Of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Approach To Construction Professionals | 17589
Occupational Medicine & Health Affairs
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Purpose: Stress influences not only individual health and performance, but also project profitability and organizational
development. In order to well manage the stress in the industry, the study introduces a mindfulness-based stress reduction
(MBSR) approach to construction professionals. MBSR focuses on the progressive obtainment of mindful and non-evaluative
awareness in various aspects of individual lives, including physical sensations, perceptions, thoughts, imagery, and so on.
Through MBSR practices, construction professionals are expected to alleviate individual physical and psychological disorders.
This presentation, thus, investigates the impact of MBSR characteristics on the stress of construction professionals.
Design:Based on extensive literature, a questionnaire survey was designed to investigate the relationship between the
characteristics of MBSR and the stress of construction professionals. In the end, 84 respondents returned. Reliability analysis
and Pearson correlation were adopted by using the software SPSS version 19.0.
Findings: This paper has identified 12 main characteristics of MBSR (i.e., attention, present focus, acceptance, patience,
beginner?s mind, trust, self-compassion, non-reaction, non-judging, non-striving, letting go and description) and two types of
stress (i.e., work stress and emotional stress). The results of correlation indicated that (1) work stress was significantly negatively
associated with non-striving; (2) emotional stress is negatively related to description, non-judging, trust and letting go, but
positively related to attention; and (3) work stress and emotional stress is positively related. Therefore, MBSR characteristics
such as non-striving, description, non-judging, trust and letting go can help reduce the stress level of construction professionals,
while attention might aggravate emotional problems of construction professionals.
Originality/Value: Based on the findings, several practical recommendations are proposed. To manage stress and improve
job performance, a systematic 8-week MBSR therapy including multiple mindfulness skills (such as body scan, mindfulness
sitting and breathing) is, thus, strongly recommended to the construction professionals. The results are expected to cultivate
construction professionals with stress management skills for handling their complicated work tasks and emotional problems.
Leung has more than twenty years of practical/teaching experience in the construction industry/education and has participated in a number of prestigious
construction projects in Hong Kong. She is a Chartered Quantity Surveyorin RICS,UK and HKIS, HK and a Charted Builderin CIOB, UK and AIB, Australia. She
successfully completed all three levels of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction training in HK, Australia and US. Currently, she is a chairman of the Hong Kong
Institute of Value Management (HKIVM). She is a Certified Value Specialistof the SAVE International ?The Value Society? in USA and a HKIVM (List A)facilitator
for VM workshops internationally. Her current researches cover stress management, construction project management, value management, facility management,
and construction education. She has attracted over HK$ 15.6 million as investigator in 44 professional and research projects over 10 years. There are over 150
international publications in construction engineering and management at present. Recently, she has obtained the Fulbright-RGC Senior Research Scholar Award
issued by the Hong Kong-America Center and the UGC, which will further support her research at the University of Southern California and the University of
Pennsylvania in the USA for over six months this year.
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