The pathological mechanisms linking impaired psychosocial work environment and
disease may be prolonged physiological stress reactions. Research on psychosocial work environment and physiological stress markers primary based on investigation of
single physiological markers and cross sectional design, we used this workplace reorganization as a naturally occurring experiment to investigate changes in physiological stress markers. Moreover, we aimed to investigate changes in the psychosocial work environment (job strain, ERI), in psychological distress (stress symptoms, perceived stress) and the mediating effect of these factors on changes in physiological stress markers. Workplace reorganization to affect changes in physiological stress markers according to expected stress reactions. Moreover, we hypothesized workplace reorganization to affect psychosocial work environment in the form of increased job strain and ERI and affect psychological distress in the direction of increased stress symptoms and perceived stress. We expected changes in perceived psychosocial work environment and psychological distress to have a mediating effect on physiological changes. More specific, we expected an increase in measures of psychosocial work environment and perceived distress to mediate changes in the physiological markers according to expected stress reactions.
Workplace Reorganization and Changes in Physiological Stress Markers
Rikke Hinge Carlsson
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