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Document ID (ISN)112420
CIS number 12-0174
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lehmann A., Burkert S., Daig I., Glaesmer H., Brńhler E.
Title Subjective underchallenge at work and its impact on mental health
Bibliographic information Aug. 2011. Vol.84, No.6, p.655-664. Illus. 59 ref.
Internet access Subjective_underchallenge_at_work_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate the relation between subjective underchallenge at work and the degree of depressiveness and life satisfaction. It involved a representative sample of 1178 German workers (52.5% men, average age 40.4 years) who responded to a questionnaire on satisfaction with life, state of heath and a ten-item scale developed for the purpose of this study. The association between subjective underchallenge at work, life satisfaction and depressiveness was examined by means of path analyses. A significant positive association was found between subjective underchallenge at work and depressiveness, mediated by life satisfaction. This association was not moderated by income but by level of education. Participants with a medium educational level displayed a weaker association than participants with either a high or a low educational level. Not only work overload but also feeling underchallenged at work can have a negative impact on mental health and well-being.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; psychology of work organization; job dissatisfaction; mental health
Descriptors (secondary) state of health; depressive neurosis; motivation; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Psychology of work organization