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Document ID (ISN)101406
CIS number 03-492
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Van der Hulst M., Geurts S.
Title Associations between overtime and psychological health in high and low reward jobs
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2001, Vol.15, No.3, p.227-240. 40 ref.
Abstract This study focused on the relationship between overtime and psychological health as a function of reward and pressure to work overtime. Data were collected for 535 full-time employees of the Dutch Postal Service. Logistic regression analyses showed that employees reporting low psychological rewards had elevated risks of burnout, negative work-home interference and slow recovery. A second analysis was conducted separately for employees who worked overtime. In this subgroup, low psychological rewards were associated with elevated risks of health complaints, emotional exhaustion and negative home-work interference. Employees who worked overtime and reported a high pressure to work overtime in combination with low psychological rewards had elevated risks of poor recovery, cynicism, and negative work-home interference. The results suggest that even a limited number of hours of involuntary overtime in low psychological reward situations is associated with adverse mental health.
Descriptors (primary) mental health; stress factors; postal services; work time schedules
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; subjective assessment; statistical evaluation; psychology and sociology; Netherlands
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNetherlands
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Mental stress and burnout
Communications industry
Hours of work
Psychological factors