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Document ID (ISN)103827
CIS number 05-241
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Niedhammer I., Barouhiel L., Barrandon G., Chastang J.F., David S., Barragué A., Gaillot M.P., Guilman J., Heim A., Kerlirzin L., Laguitton E., Leget M.C.
Title Psychosocial working conditions and health in newspaper and magazine distribution - Descriptive results of an occupational medicine epidemiological survey
Original title Conditions psychosociales de travail et santé dans la distribution de la presse - Résultats descriptifs d'une enquête épidémiologique menée en médecine du travail [in French]
Bibliographic information July 2004, Vol.65, No.4, p.311-325. 28 ref.
Abstract The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to evaluate psychosocial work factors among workers of a newspaper and magazine distribution company and to examine their effects on various health outcomes. Data were collected by means of self-administered questionnaires and medical questionnaires administered by occupational physicians during regular medical check-ups. The survey was carried out during a period of major organizational change, including restructuring and downsizing. 1530 medical questionnaires were completed (80% participation), while the participation rate for the self-administered questionnaire was substantially lower (36%), with only 697 questionnaires being returned by post. Differences were observed by gender and work place for selected variables. Organizational changes contributed to the low participation rate for the self-administered questionnaire. Comparisons of the results for psychosocial factors at work with those obtained in a cohort of gas and electricity utility workers (GAZEL cohort) for which the same evaluation methods were applied do not show significant differences between these two populations. This study highlights the problems of performing surveys in firms or sectors during periods of major organizational change.
Descriptors (primary) psychology of work organization; social climate; risk factors; communications industry; health hazards; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; France; state of health; psychology and sociology; sex-linked differences; questionnaire survey; cohort study; cross-sectional study; motivation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Communications industry
Psychology of work organization