A study examining the mental health, self-efficacy and motivation within the workplace in Ireland

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Naylor, Paschal
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The current research examined the relationship between general and psychological mental health and self-efficacy, motivation, outlook on business results with business owners and non business owners in the current recessional economic climate. Additionally, possible sex differences among the psychological and financial outlook factors were explored. A crosssectional survey design was employed using the GHQ-12, GSE, UMS measures and yearly financial outcomes statements. All surveys were self reported and one hundred and fifty-six participants (N=156) were recruited. The results indicated that the strongest predictor of mental/psychological health was self-efficacy and previous yearly-financial outcomes accounting for a moderate 13% of the variance. It can be concluded that workplaces should be aware of the link between work-abilities and general/psychological mental health in times of recession