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Document ID (ISN)111644
CIS number 11-0331
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rehkopf D.H., Kuper H., Marmot M.G.
Title Discrepancy between objective and subjective measures of job stress and sickness absence
Bibliographic information Nov. 2010, Vol.36, No.6, p.449-457. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine possible differences in the association of externally and self-assessed measures of work environment with sickness absence. The study population included 6997 middle-aged men and women from the Whitehall II cohort, whose work characteristics were examined at baseline (1985-1988) through both an external evaluation and self-report, with a follow-up of up to 13 years of sickness absence reporting from administrative records. The primary exposure of interest was the discrepancy between measures of work stress for fast job pace, conflicting demands and decision latitude. External measures of job characteristics were more strongly associated with higher rates of sickness absence compared with self-assessed measures, for both lower frequency of fast work pace and lower conflicting demands. Individuals who self-reported higher frequencies of fast work pace and conflicting demands than were reported through external assessment had higher rates of short-term sickness absence. There was no difference in rates of sickness absence found for decision latitude. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; psychology of work organization; subjective assessment; government services; stress factors
Descriptors (secondary) speed of work; mental workload; cohort study
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) Public and government services
Psychology of work organization
Mental health