This survey attempted to determine the status of existing research linking premorbid employee stress to accidents and injuries. Few of the data bases in existence at the time of this study offered meaningful examinations of accident to stress relationships. A total of 47 distinct databases were found. Thirteen of these originated from studies conducted by investigators from academia. Twenty nine of these databases used insurance claims as a measure of accidents. Thirty one used a psychological inventory to assess levels of employee stress. The database samples represented a wide diversity of industries including, among others, manufacturing trades, air traffic controllers, insurance and finance, medical care, transportation workers, loggers and electronics industry workers. Descriptions of the data bases examined along with the literature search strategies used were provided. Also listed were the data base resource addresses, the individuals who were contacted for the telephone survey section of this report, the formats of the two computer files used to store the data, a listing of references found by the database searches, literature reviews dealing with stress, and a bibliography of the stress/accident literature.
Business Psychology Research Institute, NIOSH Survey No. 86-71251, 179 pages, 143 references