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Document ID (ISN)110264
CIS number 09-1256
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Boscolo P., Di Donato A., Di Giampaolo L., Forcella L., Reale M., Dadorante V., Alparone F., Pagliaro S., Kouri M., Magrini A., Fattorini E.
Title Blood natural killer activity is reduced in men with occupational stress and job insecurity working in a university
Bibliographic information May 2009, Vol.82, No.6, p.787-794. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to examine the immune response to job strain and insecurity among men working in an Italian university. Anxiety, job strain, job insecurity and subjective symptoms were measured by questionnaires. Blood NK cytotoxic activity was determined by an in vitro method and lymphocyte subpopulations by flow-cytometry analysis. Library workers aged over 40 showed higher values of job strain, anxiety and subjective symptoms and lower blood NK activity. Young temporary employees also had reduced blood NK activity. Other findings are discussed. It is concluded that not only anxiety and depression but also high levels of job strain and/or insecurity may present risks to health by reducing blood NK activity.
Descriptors (primary) lymphocytes; male workers; Italy; educational institutions; terms of employment; cytotoxic effects; immunity; risk factors; stress factors
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; anxiety; psychology of work organization; age-linked differences; in vitro experiments; temporary workers; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGreece; Italy
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Teaching and educational institutions
Precarious employment