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Document ID (ISN)74995
CIS number 00-893
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mikkelsen A., Saksvik P.ě, Eriksen H.R., Ursin H.
Title The impact of learning opportunities and decision authority on occupational health
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 1999, Vol.13, No.1, p.20-31. lllus. 35 ref.
Abstract In an investigation of 418 employees in the Norwegian Postal Service, employees with high learning opportunities and high decision authority were found to be better off on psychological functioning, health and organizational outcome variables than employees with low scores on these variables. Decision authority and learning opportunities had specific and independent impact on subjective health, psychological functioning, coping style and organizational outcome variables. There were also, however, interaction effects between demands, learning opportunities and decision authority on subjective health. Learning opportunities and decision authority were operationalized with a questionnaire, supplemented with questions on the opportunities to learn skills beyond the present job situation. It is suggested that this is a particularly important dimension for coping with the present-day rapid changes in working life, where the objective for many workers will be to broaden their repertoire and competence to increase their flexibility in the labour market.
Descriptors (primary) occupational psychology; mental stress; postal services; mental health
Descriptors (secondary) Norway; job dissatisfaction; work involving responsibility; refresher training; social aspects; motivation; questionnaire survey; stress factors; statistical evaluation; human behaviour
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Communications industry
Psychological factors
Mental stress and burnout