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J Occup Environ Med. 2007 Aug;49(8):890-9.

Mental health effects of changes in psychosocial work characteristics: a prospective cohort study.

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Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. lore.deraeve@epid.unimaas.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore a possible causal relationship between psychosocial work characteristics and mental health.

METHODS:

Using longitudinal data from the Maastricht Cohort Study on "Fatigue at Work" (n = 2332), the effects of changes in job demands and decision latitude on subsequent changes in need for recovery and prolonged fatigue were studied.

RESULTS:

Increasing job demands are a significant predictor of a subsequent increase in need for recovery (beta = 0.063) and prolonged fatigue (beta = 0.057). An increase in decision latitude predicted a subsequent decrease in need for recovery (beta = -0.078) and prolonged fatigue (beta = -0.063). After adjusting for changes in other work characteristics, the effects on changes in prolonged fatigue were no longer significant.

CONCLUSION:

These findings support a possible causal relationship between work characteristics and mental health and can be used for designing effective prevention and intervention strategies.

PMID:
17693787
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31811eadd3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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