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Age-related associations between work over-commitment and zest for work among Swedish employees from a cross-sectional and longitudinal perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Univ Ulm, Inst Hist Philosophy & Eth Med, Ulm, Germany.;Univ Wuppertal, Dept Occupat Hlth Sci, Wuppertal, Germany..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Umea Univ, Psychol, Umea, Sweden.;Stockholm Univ, Stress Res Inst, Stockholm, Sweden..
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2017 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 57, no 2, 269-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: In aging societies, zest for work may be pivotal when deciding to stay occupationally active longer. Psychosocial work stress is a prevalent public health problem and may have an impact on zest for work. Work over-commitment (WOC) is a personal coping strategy for work stress with excessive striving and a health risk. However, the long-term effect of WOC on zest for work is poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the age-related associations of work over-commitment with zest for work. METHODS: During 1996-1998 and 2000-2003, predominantly industrial workers (n = 2940) participated in the WOLF-Norrland study and responded to a questionnaire referring to socio-demographics, WOC, zest for work, effort-reward imbalance proxies, and mental health. Age-adjusted multiple logistic regressions were performed with original and imputed datasets. RESULTS: Cross-sectionally, work overcommitted middle-aged employees had an increased prevalence of poor zest for work compared to their contemporaries without WOC (OR: 3.74 [95%-CI 2.19; 6.40]). However, in a longitudinal analysis associations between onset of 'poor zest for work' and the WOC subscales 'need for approval' (OR: 3.29 [95%-CI 1.04; 10.37]) and 'inability to withdraw from work' (OR: 5.14 [95%-CI 1.32; 20.03]) were observed. CONCLUSION: The longitudinal findings among older employees could be relevant regarding the expected need to remain occupationally active longer.

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IOS Press, 2017. Vol. 57, no 2, 269-279 p.
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Work stress, WOC, ERI, coping
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-330084DOI: 10.3233/WOR-172555ISI: 000404774400013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-330084DiVA: diva2:1150651
Available from: 2017-10-19 Created: 2017-10-19 Last updated: 2017-10-19Bibliographically approved

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