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Document ID (ISN)106937
CIS number 07-982
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lusa S., Punakallio A., Luukkonen R., Louhevaara V.
Title Factors associated with changes in perceived strain at work among fire-fighters: A 3-year follow-up study
Bibliographic information May 2006, Vol.79, No.5, p.419-426. 30 ref.
Internet access http://www.springerlink.com/content/7707403614760111/fulltext.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study investigated individual and work-related psychosocial factors associated with perceived physical and mental strain among fire-fighters. It was carried out in the form of a 3-year follow-up questionnaire of 632 fire-fighters. The associations were investigated by logistic regression modelling. Accidents were associated with increased perceived physical as well as mental strain (odds ratio (OR) 1.4-2.6). Unfair distribution of work tasks was associated with increased perceived physical strain (OR 8.5). Frequent differences of opinion disturbing work (OR 2.7) and the lack of possibilities for career advancement (OR 4.6) were associated with perceived increased mental strain at work. These results suggest that a variety of measures are needed to reduce the perceived physical and mental strain of fire-fighters.
Descriptors (primary) fire services; Finland; stress factors; mental workload; physical workload
Descriptors (secondary) occupational accidents; questionnaire survey; psychology and sociology; subjective assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Mental workload