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Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2011 Dec;84(8):859-65. doi: 10.1007/s00420-011-0651-6. Epub 2011 Jun 9.

Recovery intention: its association with fatigue in the working population.

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Department of Environmental Hygiene, Centre for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090, Vienna, Austria. gerhard.blasche@meduniwien.ac.at

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate the association of the intention to recover from work with fatigue and its moderating effect on the link between occupational characteristics and fatigue.

METHODS:

Three hundred and eighty Austrian employees (nurses, teachers and administrative staff) participated in a survey assessing fatigue, the intention to create and engage in recovery activities and effort-reward imbalance as a measure of job characteristics. Data were analysed by regression analysis.

RESULTS:

Recovery intention was negatively associated with fatigue. This association was especially pronounced under conditions of high effort-reward imbalance, thus suggesting a buffering effect. Effort-reward imbalance, in return, was positively related to prolonged fatigue, indicating that fatigue was partly work related in the present sample.

CONCLUSIONS:

Individuals differ in their intent to engage in recovery activities. Those high in recovery intention are less exhausted, especially under conditions of more demanding and less rewarding work characteristics. Thus, a promotion of recovery intentions could contribute to the prevention of work-related fatigue.

PMID:
21656123
DOI:
10.1007/s00420-011-0651-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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