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Free-time activities among seafarers on board Finnish cargo ships.
Bull Inst Marit Trop Med Gdynia. 1996; 47(1-4):33-43.BI

Abstract

Seafarers' free time activities on board ship and on shore were investigated by means of a questionnaire sent to 507 seafarers working on 35 ships. All the seafarers were Finnish citizens and all the ships in Finnish ownership. The questionnaire was returned by 245 seafarers (22 of them were women) from a total of 34 ships. Reading was the most popular way of spending free time while on board ship. Next came watching television or listening to the radio; then chatting with friends and sleeping/keeping to oneself. About one in four put physical exercise and sauna baths among the three most common ways of spending free time. The most common ways of spending free time on shore were meeting friends and acquaintances and watching TV or listening to the radio. In third place were "other ways of spending leisure time", most of which included being out of door, hunting, going to the summer cottage and gardening. Physical exercise activity was greater on shore than on board ship. The respondents were grouped into four categories: A) reader/student/hobbyist: B) sociable: C) exercise enthusiast D) TV watcher/radio listener Group A considered the ship's atmosphere and the spirit of solidarity on board better than the others. Group B had more often a good friend on board ship and less often suffered from anxiety or depression. Group C more often considered their health and working capacity good. Group D had no positive differences over the other groups. More attention should be paid to developing the ways in which free time is spent not only on board but also during the compensatory free time on shore.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Turku Regional Institute of Occupational Health, Finland.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9101050

Citation

Saarni, H, and J Pentti. "Free-time Activities Among Seafarers On Board Finnish Cargo Ships." Bulletin of the Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine in Gdynia, vol. 47, no. 1-4, 1996, pp. 33-43.
Saarni H, Pentti J. Free-time activities among seafarers on board Finnish cargo ships. Bull Inst Marit Trop Med Gdynia. 1996;47(1-4):33-43.
Saarni, H., & Pentti, J. (1996). Free-time activities among seafarers on board Finnish cargo ships. Bulletin of the Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine in Gdynia, 47(1-4), 33-43.
Saarni H, Pentti J. Free-time Activities Among Seafarers On Board Finnish Cargo Ships. Bull Inst Marit Trop Med Gdynia. 1996;47(1-4):33-43. PubMed PMID: 9101050.
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