ABSTRACT

Sun, L.; Hu, C.; Liu, W.; Zhang, W.; Duan, J.; Li, Z., and Wu, T., 2020. The psychological dilemma of Chinese ocean crews. In: Yang, Y.; Mi, C.; Zhao, L., and Lam, S. (eds.), Global Topics and New Trends in Coastal Research: Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 103, pp. 668–673. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208.

This study initially designed a questionnaire with 76 questions (hereinafter referred to as Seaf-Q1). From the aspects of career, family, working environment and rights and interests, the horizontal generality analysis of 181 ocean crews was carried out. According to the questionnaire results, crews are less satisfied with their jobs (only 6.62% of respondents are satisfied with their jobs), and 90.61% of respondents think that the national policy does not attach importance to crews. The majority of respondents believed they had a missing role in the family. The poor working environment and lack of interest on the ship have some effect on the crew's psychology. The results of the questionnaire show that most crews currently do not have access to good medical care. This study studies the experience of advanced countries and the excellent measures of “snow dragon”, and puts forward suggestions from the national, social and individual perspectives to improve the well-being of Chinese ocean crews. The Seaf-Q1 questionnaire designed in this study can also provide some reference value for the investigation of the psychological distress of crews in other countries.

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