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Document ID (ISN)111511
CIS number 11-0184
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Krause N., Rugulies R., Maslach C.
Title Effort-rewards imbalance at work and self-rated health of Las Vegas hotel room cleaners
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.53, p.372-386. Illus. 81 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between effort-reward-imbalance (ERI) at work and self-rated health (SF-36) among 941 Las Vegas hotel room cleaners (99% female, 84% immigrant). Data was subjected to logistic regression analyses, adjusting for age, health behaviour, physical workload and other potential confounders. 50% reported ERI and 60% poor or fair general health. Significant associations were found between ERI and all SF-36 health measures. Workers in the upper quartile of the efforts/rewards ratio were 2-5 times more likely to experience poor or fair general health, low physical function, high levels of pain, fatigue, and role limitations due to physical and mental health problems. The cross-sectional design limits causal interpretation of these associations. However, the development of interventions to reduce ERI and to improve general health among room cleaners deserves high priority considering that both high ERI and low self-rated health have predicted chronic diseases and mortality in prospective studies.
Descriptors (primary) conditions of work; state of health; psychology of work organization; subjective assessment; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; migrant workers
Descriptors (secondary) USA; mental health; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; statistical evaluation; hotel industry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Cleaning work
Hotels and restaurants
Psychology of work organization