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Document ID (ISN)110220
CIS number 09-1391
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Elovainio M., Ferrie J.E., Singh-Manoux A., Gimeno D., De Vogli R., Shipley M.J., Vahtera J., Brunner E.J., Marmot M.G., Kivimńki M.
Title Cumulative exposure to high-strain and active jobs as predictors of cognitive function: The Whitehall II study
Bibliographic information Jan. 2009, Vol.66, No.1, p.32-37. 36 ref.
Abstract A high-strain job (a combination of high job demands and low job control) is expected to increase the risk of health problems, whereas an active job (high demands and high control) can be hypothesised to be associated with a greater capacity to learn. This study tested associations between high-strain and active jobs and cognitive function using data on 4146 civil servants (2989 men and 1157 women) in the United Kingdom, aged 35-55 years at baseline. Cumulative exposure to both high-strain and active jobs was assessed at various points in time (1985-1988, 1989-1990 and 1991-1993). Cognitive performance was assessed in 1997-1999 and 2003-2004 using several tests. Findings are discussed. It is concluded that associations between high-strain or active jobs and cognition are mostly explained by socioeconomic position.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; cognitive performance; government services; stress factors; psychology of work organization
Descriptors (secondary) exposure evaluation; statistical evaluation; cohort study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland; United Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Public and government services
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors