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Understanding the link between psychosocial work stressors and work-related musculoskeletal complaints.
Eatough EM; Way JD; Chang C-H
Appl Ergon 2012 May; 43(3):554-563
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.
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
Erin M. Eatough, University of South Florida, Department of Psychology, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, PCD 4118G, Tampa, FL 33620-7200, USA
Issue of Publication
Sunshine Education and Research Center, University of South Florida
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division