Date of this Version

January 2007

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Details

Colling, G.V.S. & Hicks, R.E. (2007). Can work preferences (personality based) differentiate between employees scoring high or low in general mental health? In: 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2007, Brisbane, Australia. ISBN: 9780909881337.

This is an electronic version of an article published in Proceedings of 42nd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brisbane.
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Objectives – The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between personal work characteristics and general mental health and also to contribute to validity data on the Apollo Profile.
Methods – A battery of tests, including the 12-item General Health Questionnaire and the Apollo Profile, was given to 98 adult participants (60 female & 38 male) currently in full-time employment. A discriminant function analysis was conducted to determine whether the Apollo Profile characteristics could successfully discriminate between two mental health groups.
Results – The results indicated that of the 34 personal work characteristics, preferences and attitudes assessed by the Apollo Profile, eleven significantly differentiated between the two mental health groups. A canonical correlation of .69 and a significant effect size of .48 were obtained.
Conclusions – Strong relationships between personal work characteristics and mental health were identified in this study.



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