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Document ID (ISN)111274
CIS number 10-0891
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Thomas C., Hertzman C., Power C.
Title Night work, long working hours, psychosocial work stress and cortisol secretion in mid-life: Evidence from a British birth cohort
Bibliographic information Dec. 2009, Vol.66, No.12, p.824-831. 42 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to examine the relationships between exposure to workplace factors (night work, extended working hours, psychosocial work stress) and cortisol secretion, and to test whether workplace factors interact, resulting in combined effects. Multiple linear and logistic regressions were used to test relationships between workplace factors and cortisol secretion in the 1958 British birth cohort at 45 years. Salivary cortisol was measured twice on the same day to capture the post-waking decline, facilitating the analysis of cortisol patterns at different times of the day. Models were adjusted for socioeconomic position at birth and in adulthood, qualifications, marital status, dependent children and smoking status. Findings suggest that night work in particular is associated with elevated cortisol secretion and that cortisol deregulation may exist in subgroups with specific combinations of stressors.
Descriptors (primary) conditions of work; hours of work; night work; hormone secretion; stress factors; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; determination in saliva; stress studies; cohort study; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Biological monitoring