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Perceived psychological stress and upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders.

Authors
Strasser-PB; Lusk-SL; Franzblau-A; Armstrong-TJ
Source
AAOHN J 1999 Jan; 47(1):22-30
NIOSHTIC No.
20031353
Abstract
This report presents data exploring the relationship between perceived psychological stress and several variables implicated in the etiology of upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders (UECTDs). The sample was 354 workers from three different manufacturing companies. The primary job exposure for the subjects was that they were engaged in jobs that involved repetitious movements of the upper extremities, primarily of the hands and arms. Data collection included a detailed health history, a comprehensive physical examination of the upper extremities, limited electrodiagnostic testing, Cohen's Perceived Stress Scale, Karasek's Job Content Questionnaire, demographic information, and a measurement of repetition. Descriptive analyses, analysis of variance, correlational analyses, and multiple linear regression were used to examine the data. Perceived stress, as measured in this study, was only weakly associated with repetition, job dissatisfaction, and subjective complaints related to UECTDs. In addition, factors generally accepted as related to UECTDs (e.g., repetition, female gender, hormonal influences, and existing medical conditions) were not robust predictors of perceived stress. The major limitation is related to the measurement of perceived psychological stress. Like most psychosocial phenomena, perceived stress is a complex construct, one that is difficult to measure and correlate with health outcomes. Further research is necessary to examine what role, if any, perceived stress may have in the etiology of UECTDs.
Keywords
Workplace-studies; Repetitive-work; Work-analysis; Work-practices; Work-intervals; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Skeletal-movement; Musculoskeletal-system; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Ergonomics; Psychological-effects; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-stress
Contact
BusinessHealth Solutions, Inc., Toledo, OH, USA
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
19990101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
610264
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-002941
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0891-0162
Priority Area
Grants Other
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
MI; OH
Performing Organization
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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