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ERIC Number: EJ817653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0144-3410
Work Stressors, Health and Sense of Coherence in UK Academic Employees
Kinman, Gail
Educational Psychology, v28 n7 p823-835 Dec 2008
This cross-sectional study examined relationships between job-specific stressors and psychological and physical health symptoms in academic employees working in UK universities. The study also tests the main and moderating role played by sense of coherence (SOC: Antonovsky, 1987 in work stress process). SOC is described as a generalised resistance resource for coping with environmental stressors and remaining healthy. Four hundred and sixty-five academic employees (60% male) completed measures of work stressors, physical and psychological ill health and SOC. Significant inter-relationships were found between job stressors, health outcomes and SOC. Stressors relating to time constraints, support and influence and work-home interface demands had the strongest associations with health outcomes. Employees with a weaker SOC tended to be in poorer physical and psychological health, thus supporting a main effect for SOC. Some evidence for a moderating role for SOC was found, with the strongest effect observed for stressors experienced at the work-home interface. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom