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Road Life Perspectives and Experiences Among Iranian Truck Drivers: a Qualitative Study

Ranjbar, H. and Karimi Moonaghi, H. and Heydari, A. and Mazlom, S.R. and Scurlock-Evans, Laura and Assadi, S.N. (2016) Road Life Perspectives and Experiences Among Iranian Truck Drivers: a Qualitative Study. Acta Facultatis Medicae Naissensis, 33 (2). pp. 109-118. ISSN Online 2217-2521

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Abstract

Truck drivers are one of the largest occupational groups in Iran. Evidence from previous studies suggests that working and living conditions on the road engender many concerns for truck drivers, and their families and communities. This research aimed to explore the experiences of Iranian truck drivers regarding life on the road. This qualitative study was conducted among Iranian truck drivers working in the inter-state transportation sector. A purposeful sample of 20 truck drivers took part in this research. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed based on qualitative content analysis. After analysis of the data, three main themes emerged: "Individual impacts related to the hardships of life on the road life", "Family impacts related to the hardships of road life", and "Having positive attitude towards work and road". These findings represent the dimensions of perspectives in the road-life of truck drivers. Although truck drivers possess positive beliefs about their occupation and life on the road, they and their families face many hardships which should be well understood. They also need support to be better able to solve the road-life concerns they face. This study's findings are useful for occupational programming and in the promotion of health for truck drivers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: accidents, traffic, life, motor vehicles
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Copyright Info: Open Access Journal
Depositing User: Laura Scurlock-Evans
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 08:22
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2016 07:52
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4721

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