Examining the Scientific Background of Mental Health Problems Faced Among Seafarers

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Ay C., Seyhan A., Bal Beşikçi E.

International Graduate Research Symposium 2022 (IGRS’22), İstanbul, Turkey, 1 - 03 June 2022, pp.1

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Maritime trade has a share of 80-90% in the transport of international trade and employs over 1 million seafarers. The maritime profession is distinguished from other occupational groups by factors such as the difficulty of sea conditions, hierarchical and shift work order, intense work tempo, the workplace being home at the same time, staying at sea for months, and the limitation of social life. Because of these factors, seafarers suffer from many psychological factors such as stress, depression, fatigue, burnout, and hopelessness in their living and working conditions on board. However, many seafarers hide their mental state for fear of being fired or stigmatized. In order to solve the mental health problems of seafarers, we purposed to determine the main psychological factors that affect seafarers and to examine their causes. In this direction, we aimed to determine the reflection of this problem in the literature. This reflection is important in determining the psychological factors that seafarers suffer more from. Of course, although the aim in a broad perspective is to produce solutions to all problems, this study contributes to the literature with its bibliometric analysis in terms of determining the primary problematic psychological factors for seafarers to seek solutions for. We gathered bibliometric data from the Web of Science (WoS) databases. We analyzed the data collected with the Bibliometrix tool in R software. Using the bibliographic coupling method, we identified research clusters of psychological problems faced among seafarers. We presented a detailed analysis of these clusters and future research issues.