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Self-perceived stress reactivity is an indicator of psychosocial impairment at the workplace.

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Work related stress is associated with a range of debilitating health outcomes. However, no unanimously accepted assessment tool exists for the early identification of individuals suffering from chronic job stress. The psychological concept of self-perceived stress reactivity refers to the individual disposition of a person to answer stressors with immediate as well as long lasting stress reactions, and it could be a valid indicator of current as well as prospective adverse health outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine the extent to which perceived stress reactivity correlates with various parameters of psychosocial health, cardiovascular risk factors, and parameters of chronic stress and job stress in a sample of middle-aged industrial employees in a so-called "sandwich-position".

METHODS

In this cross-sectional study, a total of 174 industrial employees were assessed for psychosocial and biological stress parameters. Differences between groups with high and low stress reactivity were analysed. Logistic regression models were applied to identify which parameters allow to predict perceived high versus low stress reactivity.

RESULTS

In our sample various parameters of psychosocial stress like chronic stress and effort-reward imbalance were significantly increased in comparison to the normal population. Compared to employees with perceived low stress reactivity, those with perceived high stress reactivity showed poorer results in health-related complaints, depression, anxiety, sports behaviour, chronic stress, and effort-reward imbalance. The educational status of employees with perceived low stress reactivity is higher. Education, cardiovascular complaints, chronic stress, and effort-reward imbalance were moderate predictors for perceived stress reactivity. However, no relationship was found between stress reactivity and cardiovascular risk factors in our sample.

CONCLUSIONS

Job stress is a major burden in a relevant subgroup of industrial employees in a middle management position. Self-perceived stress reactivity seems to be an appropriate concept to identify employees who experience psychosocial stress and associated psychological problems at the workplace.

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    Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Langerstrasse 3/I, 81675 Munich, Germany.

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    BMC public health 10: 2010 May 14 pg 252

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Aged
    Chronic Disease
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Educational Status
    Female
    Germany
    Health Behavior
    Health Status Indicators
    Humans
    Male
    Manufactured Materials
    Middle Aged
    Occupational Diseases
    Occupations
    Stress, Psychological
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Workplace
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    20470413

    Citation

    Limm, Heribert, et al. "Self-perceived Stress Reactivity Is an Indicator of Psychosocial Impairment at the Workplace." BMC Public Health, vol. 10, 2010, p. 252.
    Limm H, Angerer P, Heinmueller M, et al. Self-perceived stress reactivity is an indicator of psychosocial impairment at the workplace. BMC Public Health. 2010;10:252.
    Limm, H., Angerer, P., Heinmueller, M., Marten-Mittag, B., Nater, U. M., & Guendel, H. (2010). Self-perceived stress reactivity is an indicator of psychosocial impairment at the workplace. BMC Public Health, 10, p. 252. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-252.
    Limm H, et al. Self-perceived Stress Reactivity Is an Indicator of Psychosocial Impairment at the Workplace. BMC Public Health. 2010 May 14;10:252. PubMed PMID: 20470413.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Self-perceived stress reactivity is an indicator of psychosocial impairment at the workplace. AU - Limm,Heribert, AU - Angerer,Peter, AU - Heinmueller,Mechthild, AU - Marten-Mittag,Birgitt, AU - Nater,Urs M, AU - Guendel,Harald, Y1 - 2010/05/14/ PY - 2009/11/13/received PY - 2010/05/14/accepted PY - 2010/5/18/entrez PY - 2010/5/18/pubmed PY - 2012/5/23/medline SP - 252 EP - 252 JF - BMC public health JO - BMC Public Health VL - 10 N2 - BACKGROUND: Work related stress is associated with a range of debilitating health outcomes. However, no unanimously accepted assessment tool exists for the early identification of individuals suffering from chronic job stress. The psychological concept of self-perceived stress reactivity refers to the individual disposition of a person to answer stressors with immediate as well as long lasting stress reactions, and it could be a valid indicator of current as well as prospective adverse health outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine the extent to which perceived stress reactivity correlates with various parameters of psychosocial health, cardiovascular risk factors, and parameters of chronic stress and job stress in a sample of middle-aged industrial employees in a so-called "sandwich-position". METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 174 industrial employees were assessed for psychosocial and biological stress parameters. Differences between groups with high and low stress reactivity were analysed. Logistic regression models were applied to identify which parameters allow to predict perceived high versus low stress reactivity. RESULTS: In our sample various parameters of psychosocial stress like chronic stress and effort-reward imbalance were significantly increased in comparison to the normal population. Compared to employees with perceived low stress reactivity, those with perceived high stress reactivity showed poorer results in health-related complaints, depression, anxiety, sports behaviour, chronic stress, and effort-reward imbalance. The educational status of employees with perceived low stress reactivity is higher. Education, cardiovascular complaints, chronic stress, and effort-reward imbalance were moderate predictors for perceived stress reactivity. However, no relationship was found between stress reactivity and cardiovascular risk factors in our sample. CONCLUSIONS: Job stress is a major burden in a relevant subgroup of industrial employees in a middle management position. Self-perceived stress reactivity seems to be an appropriate concept to identify employees who experience psychosocial stress and associated psychological problems at the workplace. SN - 1471-2458 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20470413/Self_perceived_stress_reactivity_is_an_indicator_of_psychosocial_impairment_at_the_workplace_ L2 - https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2458-10-252 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -