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Samband mellan potentiella existentiellt meningsskapande faktorer, upplevelse av meningslöshet och arbetslivsrelaterad stress: En tvärsnittsstudie av existentiell hälsa hos yrkesarbetare i USA
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Existential health refers to existential meaning-making that generates health promoting effects. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between possible existential meaning-making factors (EMF), the experience of meaninglessness and work-related stress.

Method: Cross-sectional and self-administrated data from an online questionnaire filled out by a sample of American workforce (N = 588) was utilized. Validated and reliability tested questionnaires were used (QWC & SpREUK). Five models were analyzed with multiple logistic regression.

Results: Significant associations existed between possible EMF, low experience of meaninglessness and lower work-related stress. Increased odds for a low experience of meaninglessness was associated with regular reflection upon the meaning of life, a confident existential position and regarding it as unimportant that one’s life view addresses individual meaning. A low experience of meaninglessness and a secular existential position increased the odds for a lower rate of perceived work-related stress symptoms.

Conclusion: Reflection upon the meaning of life and a confident existential position are concluded to be potential EMF. The variables low experience of meaninglessness and existential position are associated with lower work-related stress. Existential meaning-making appears needed in relation to work-related stress regardless the causal direction of these associations – this is understood as an existential unease. The results should however be interpreted with caution. Future longitudinal research is requested to identify needs of and differentiate between stages of existential meaning-making.

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2017. , 30 p.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-325883OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-325883DiVA: diva2:1117338
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Public Health
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Master Programme in Public Health
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Available from: 2017-06-29 Created: 2017-06-28 Last updated: 2017-06-29Bibliographically approved

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