Occupational stress in the construction industry: a bibliometric-qualitative analysis of literature and future research directions

Dephanie Cheok Ieng Chiang, Maxwell Fordjour Antwi-Afari*, Shahnawaz Anwer, Saeed Reza Mohandes, Xiao Li

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Given the growing concern about employees' well-being, numerous researchers have investigated the causes and effects of occupational stress. However, a review study on identifying existing research topics and gaps is still deficient in the extant literature. To fill this gap, this review study aims to present a bibliometric and science mapping approach to review the state-of-the-art journal articles published on occupational stress in the construction industry. Design/methodology/approach: A three-fold comprehensive review approach consisting of bibliometric review, scientometric analysis and in-depth qualitative discussion was employed to review 80 journal articles in Scopus. Findings: Through qualitative discussions, mainstream research topics were summarized, research gaps were identified and future research directions were proposed as follows: versatile stressors and stress model; an extended subgroup of factors in safety behavior; adaptation of multiple biosensors and bio-feedbacks; evaluation and comparison of organizational stress interventions; and incorporation of artificial intelligence and smart technologies into occupational stress management in construction. Originality/value: The findings of this review study present a well-rounded framework to identify the research gaps in this field to advance research in the academic community and enhance employees' well-being in construction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation
Early online date26 Dec 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Dec 2023

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  • Bibliometric
  • Construction industry
  • Occupational stress
  • Science mapping
  • Well-being


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