Title Fear and trembling of cruise ship employees: Psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors Radic A., Lück M., ARIZA MONTES, JOSÉ ANTONIO, Han H., ARIZA MONTES, JOSÉ ANTONIO
External publication No
Means Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 2
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85090875932&doi=10.3390%2fijerph17186741&partnerID=40&md5=493386b8d3ec59c7ab7a675198a2f1a2
Publication date 01/01/2020
ISI 000580737000001
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85090875932
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17186741
Abstract The current COVID-19 pandemic has evolved to unprecedented proportions. This research aimed to gain a deeper understanding of the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on cruise ship employees stuck at sea. Using an inductive qualitative approach, a synchronous online focus group was conducted with nine cruise ship employees who were stuck at sea during COVID-19 pandemic. The findings revealed that COVID-19 pandemic has managed to erase the feeling of joy from cruise ship employees who were stuck at sea while exposing weakness of cruise line companies such as poor human resource management leadership. Moreover, COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that it is of paramount importance that cruise line companies create a comprehensive strategy in assisting their employees who are experiencing an anxiety disorder and depression. The managerial implications are outlined. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Keywords COVID-19; mental disorder; mental health; psychology; qualitative analysis; viral disease; Coronavirus; Betacoronavirus; Coronavirus infection; fear; human; pandemic; psychology; ship; travel; virus p
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