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Document ID (ISN)110159
CIS number 09-1195
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Berset M., Semmer N.K., Elfering A., Amstad F.T., Jacobshagen N.
Title Work characteristics as predictors of physiological recovery on weekends
Bibliographic information 2009, Vol.35, No.3, p.188-192. 28 ref.
Abstract This study investigated whether work characteristics predict physiological recovery on a rest day. Some researchers have indeed hypothesized that high demands and low control at work would lead to higher cortisol values and thus poor recovery on a rest day. A total of 69 individuals participated in this study. Data were collected by means of questionnaires and analyses of salivary cortisol on two workdays and on a subsequent Sunday (rest day). Data were subjected to multiple regression analyses. It was found that individuals with less job control had higher cortisol levels and consequently poorer recovery on the rest day than those with more control. Neither job demands nor the interaction of demands and control predicted a change in cortisol levels from workday to rest day. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) psychology of work organization; stress factors; workbreaks
Descriptors (secondary) determination in saliva; statistical evaluation; questionnaire survey; hormone secretion
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSwitzerland
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors