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Document ID (ISN)101686
CIS number 03-967
ISSN - Serial title 1047-322X - Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Byrns G., Agnew J., Curbow B.
Title Attributions, stress, and work-related low back pain
Bibliographic information Nov. 2002, Vol.17, No.11, p.752-764. Illus. 41 ref.
Abstract To assess the association between worker attributions of the causes of occupational low back pain (LBP) and the incidence of LBP, a cross-sectional study was carried out involving 278 women garment workers. Data were gathered by a self-administered questionnaire and through direct observation. Workers who attributed LBP to internal factors were more likely to be knowledgeable of back safety (odds ratio OR=3.7). Workers reporting high demand were more likely to report LBP (OR=2.3). Workers attributing LBP to job tasks were also more likely to report LBP (OR=3.2), and those reporting high supervisor support were less likely to report LBP (OR=0.23). Workers with annual incomes above USD 15,000 were more likely to report LBP in the test of both the Demand-Control-Support and Attribution models (OR=2.8), although superior correlation was found with the Attribution model.
Descriptors (primary) psychology of work organization; lumbar column; clothing industry; stress factors; risk factors; backache
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; work posture; women; job study; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Clothing and finished textile products industry
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors