Pilots' mental health: An independent and comprehensive investigation

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In Australia, it is reported that one in five Australians experience difficulties with their mental health at some stage of their life. Pilots are not immune from these experiences. Factors such as work and relationships increase the likelihood of experiencing difficulties with mental health. Little is known however about the challenges pilots face, in managing their mental health, such as the source of stress, triggers, and coping strategies. Hence, the aim of the proposed research is to develop a comprehensive understanding about pilots’ mental health, including: sources of stress (occupational and domestic), significant life events, job satisfaction, demographic factors, and coping strategies that relate to pilot mental health.

This project is suited for a student with a psychology background (clinical, applied, and/or experimental) and an interest in clinical psychology including: assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Technical skills required for the project include: knowledge of clinical assessment techniques, data analysis (e.g., SPSS).

Desired skills: knowledge of aviation.

Supervisory team
Brett
Molesworth

Science
Aviation
Jessica
Grisham

Science
Psychology
Peter
Lovibond

Science
Psychology
b.molesworth@unsw.edu.au