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Psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity: The Stormont Study

Houdmont, Jonathan, Clemes, Stacy, Munir, Fehmidah, Wilson, Kelly, Kerr, Robert and Addley, Ken (2015) Psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity: The Stormont Study. Occupational Medicine, 65 (3). pp. 215-219. [Journal article]

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URL: http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/65/3/215.abstract?sid=c940c609-1d26-4cbf-b02f-5e6035f266c3

DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqu208


BACKGROUND: Research findings on the relationship between the psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) are equivocal. This might partly be due to studies having focused on a restricted set of psychosocial dimensions, thereby failing to capture all relevant domains.AIMS: To examine cross-sectional associations between seven psychosocial work environment domains and LTPA in a large sample of UK civil servants and to profile LTPA and consider this in relation to UK government recommendations on physical activity.METHODS: In 2012 Northern Ireland Civil Service employees completed a questionnaire including measures of psychosocial working conditions (Management Standards Indicator Tool) and LTPA. We applied bivariate correlations and linear regression analyses to examine relations between psychosocial working conditions and LTPA.RESULTS: Of 26000 civil servants contacted, 5235 (20%) completed the questionnaire. 24% of men and 17% of women reported having undertaken 30min or more of physical activity on five or more days in the past week. In men, job control (-0.08) and peer support (-0.05) were weakly but significantly negatively correlated with LTPA, indicating that higher levels of exposure to these psychosocial hazards was associated with lower levels of LTPA. Job role (-0.05) was weakly but significantly negatively correlated with LTPA in women. These psychosocial work characteristics accounted for 1% or less of the variance in LTPA.CONCLUSIONS: Longitudinal research to examine cause-effect relations between psychosocial work characteristics and LTPA might identify opportunities for psychosocial job redesign to increase employees' physical activity during leisure time.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Civil servants; Management Standards Indicator Tool; leisure-time physical activity; psychosocial work environment; work-related stress.
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School
ID Code:34238
Deposited By: Dr Robert Kerr
Deposited On:13 Apr 2016 10:35
Last Modified:13 Apr 2016 10:35

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