The significance of shift work: Current status and future directions

Robert Perrucci, Shelley MacDermid, Ericka King, Chiung Ya Tang, Ted Brimeyer, Kamala Ramadoss, Sally Jane Kiser, Jennifer Swanberg

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This paper provides a review and synthesis of research literature on the effects of shift work on workers' physical health, mental health/well-being, and family life. The focus is on current knowledge, unanswered questions, and new directions for future research. The selection of research literature is guided by a general conceptual framework that identifies predictor variables, moderating variables, and outcome variables. The paper concludes with a discussion of the variables that should be incorporated into an agenda for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-617
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Family life
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Shift work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics

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    Perrucci, R., MacDermid, S., King, E., Tang, C. Y., Brimeyer, T., Ramadoss, K., Kiser, S. J., & Swanberg, J. (2007). The significance of shift work: Current status and future directions. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 28(4), 600-617.