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Affects Of Fifo On Psychological Wellbeing

1645 words - 7 pages

Subjective Experience to a Survey on
The Psychological Impact of Fly in Fly out (FIFO) Lifestyle

Imagine if you will being in an environment where the vast majority of the people around you have broken marriages, lost access to their children and or money due to the impact of their fly in fly out (FIFO) lifestyle. Over my 5 year FIFO mining career I have heard countless stories from my co-workers of heartbreak and sadness. Based on these real life examples and large subject pool spanning many years in the industry I have developed strong opinions on this particular subject matter. I recently took part in an online survey being conducted at CQU. I perceived the purpose of ...view middle of the document...

It assures the surveyor that the participant is a FIFO worker thus ensuring validity. It also establishes the subconscious emotional attachment to the survey. The survey went on to identifying relationship status and then further on to life and relationship satisfaction. The way in which the survey was constructed did not allow the participant to communicate how they were feeling at the time. The survey utilized a scale asking the participant to describe how they felt on a range from strong agreement to strong disagreement, which I believed was trying to provoke an emotional response. The questions were general and only touched on certain areas, not going in-depth about the different ways in which FIFO impacts the psychological wellbeing of the worker and their families. I believe this survey should have explored this further for the study to have collected any kind of significant data as a basis for successful lifelong learning.
My approach to this survey may have been somewhat swayed due to having basic theoretical knowledge behind the science of psychology, having previously studied Social Foundations in Psychology. However, having recently studied Motivation and Emotion and also Personality (Burton, Westen, & Kowalski, 2012) I was looking for whether the questions were either targeting the motivation and emotion behind why the target participants chose to live the FIFO lifestyle or if they sought to discover the personalities of the participants. Applying my basic understanding of psychology and the study of human behaviour, I approached this survey openly and honestly in the way I believe was most beneficial to the surveyor.
Prior to studying psychology I think that my approach may have been different. Without this basic knowledge I believe the surveyor will see more emotional responses. The element that most trade workers living the FIFO lifestyle, including myself do not have a theoretical knowledge of psychology I believe was used by the surveyor. The motivation behind deciding to lead a FIFO lifestyle is very complex. It goes beyond monitory gain and a desire to reach career successes for many. After reading the title let alone the introduction to the survey my emotions were heightened due to the fact I have strong feeling towards the topic.
However hard I may have tried to not let my beliefs on this subject influence my responses, I still felt like they may have been. In taking part in this survey I was excited about the opportunity to share my vast experience with this subject matter. Not only have I spent years surrounded by FIFO workers, I am a FIFO worker myself and in a committed relationship. I am in a situation where I spend most of my working day analyzing the psychological wellbeing of those around me, myself and my fiancé. The impact of FIFO work has had on my relationship had been deep and complex. Our behaviour and attitudes toward one another unconsciously changes the day before I leave...

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