Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 600–617 | Cite as

The Significance of Shift Work: Current Status and Future Directions

  • Robert Perrucci
  • Shelley MacDermid
  • Ericka King
  • Chiung-Ya Tang
  • Ted Brimeyer
  • Kamala Ramadoss
  • Sally Jane Kiser
  • Jennifer Swanberg
Original Paper


This paper provides a review and synthesis of research literature on the effects of shift work on workers’ physical health, mental health/well-being, and family life. The focus is on current knowledge, unanswered questions, and new directions for future research. The selection of research literature is guided by a general conceptual framework that identifies predictor variables, moderating variables, and outcome variables. The paper concludes with a discussion of the variables that should be incorporated into an agenda for future research.


Family life Mental health Physical health Shift work 



We thank the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for funding the research project from which this paper was drawn. We also thank the Bemis Foundation and the ILGWU Heritage Foundation for funds provided during the first year of the project. We acknowledge the helpful suggestions of the Editor and anonymous reviewers


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Perrucci
    • 1
  • Shelley MacDermid
    • 2
  • Ericka King
    • 2
  • Chiung-Ya Tang
    • 2
  • Ted Brimeyer
    • 3
  • Kamala Ramadoss
    • 2
  • Sally Jane Kiser
    • 4
  • Jennifer Swanberg
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of SociologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child Development and Family StudiesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyGeorgia Southern UniversityStatesboroUSA
  4. 4.Labor Studies at Indiana UniversityGaryUSA
  5. 5.Department of Social WorkUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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