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Title: The construct of psychological fatigue : a psychometric and experimental analysis
Author: Earle, Fiona
ISNI:       0000 0001 3436 947X
Awarding Body: University of Hull
Current Institution: University of Hull
Date of Award: 2004
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Fatigue is a familiar and commonplace occurrence, but attempts to investigate the nature of fatigue have been inconclusive. Following more than a hundred years of extensive research, the construct is still ill-defined. This has resulted in a series of different strands of research, producing results concomitant with each researcher's own idea of what constitutes fatigue. Two central questions remain unresolved: (1) what sort of a construct is fatigue? and (2) should fatigue be conceptualised as a single, one dimensional state, generated by a range of different conditions, or a multidimensional state, incorporating a number of distinct but related states? There is an implicit assumption within the literature (and every-day language) that there is more than one 'type' of fatigue. However, there is currently no theoretical model which outlines the types of fatigue which should be incorporated in a theoretical framework and which explains the relationships between these fatigue types. The work presented in this thesis represents an attempt to address these issues using both psychometric and experimental approaches. Preliminary work investigated the psychometric basis for a unitary or multidimensional construct. This separately addressed the constructs of state and trait fatigue and, on the basis of the findings, state and trait multiple fatigue questionnaires were developed. A series of four experiments were then carried out which manipulated different types of work to facilitate an investigation of the dynamic development of fatigue. The first three experiments focused on the separate effects of mental and physical fatigue, and the final experiment considered the nature of their interaction.Both experimental and psychometric analyses supported the proposition of a multidimensional construct. The evidence in support of a multidimensional construct of trait fatigue was particularly strong. However, while the evidence in support of a multidimensional construct of state fatigue was less convincing, the experimental manipulations of different types of workload did produce states of fatigue that were subjectively different and also different patterns of fatigue after-effects.
Supervisor: Hockey, Robert ; Crawshaw, Martin ; Clough, Peter Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fatigue -- Psychological aspects.