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Understanding the link between psychosocial work stressors and work-related musculoskeletal complaints.

Authors
Eatough-EM; Way-JD; Chang-C-H
Source
Appl Ergon 2012 May; 43(3):554-563
NIOSHTIC No.
20040374
Abstract
It is well established that psychosocial work stressors relate to employees' work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WRMSD) symptoms. Using a model investigating psychological strain as a mediator between work stressors and WRMSD complaints, this study demonstrated that high levels role conflict, low job control, and low safety-specific leadership are associated with increased employee strain. Strain, in turn, was related to higher levels of WRMSD symptoms of the wrist/hand, shoulders, and lower back. Partial mediation of some relationships was also found, suggesting that additional meditational mechanisms for the relationships between stressors and musculoskeletal symptoms are plausible. This work supports the notion that psychosocial stressors in the work environment have important links to employee health, especially WRMSDs.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Psychological-factors; Sociological-factors; Job-stress; Psychological-stress; Stress; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-organization; Work-practices; Worker-health; Safety-practices; Clinical-symptoms; Muscle-tension; Author Keywords: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders; Occupational stress; Strain
Contact
Erin M. Eatough, University of South Florida, Department of Psychology, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, PCD 4118G, Tampa, FL 33620-7200, USA
CODEN
AERGBW
Publication Date
20120501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
eeatough@mail.usf.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008438; B02292012
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0003-6870
Source Name
Applied Ergonomics
State
FL; MI
Performing Organization
Sunshine Education and Research Center, University of South Florida
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