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Reduced working hours and stress in the Swedish social services: A longitudinal study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Number of Authors: 4
2017 (English)In: International Social Work, ISSN 0020-8728, E-ISSN 1461-7234, Vol. 60, no 4, 897-913 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Stress has been reported among Swedish social workers for over a decade. Survey data from a longitudinal quasi-experimental trial in the public sector of reduced working hours, with a proportional decrease in workload and retained full pay, were used to examine the effect on stress, symptoms of Exhaustion syndrome, psychosocial work characteristics and work-life balance in social workers. Reduced working hours had a positive effect on restorative sleep, stress, memory difficulties, negative emotion, sleepiness, fatigue and exhaustion both on workdays and weekends; on sleep quality on weekends; and on demands, instrumental manager support and work intrusion on private life.

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2017. Vol. 60, no 4, 897-913 p.
Keyword [en]
Demand, control, work-life balance, reduced work hours, social workers, stress
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145336DOI: 10.1177/0020872815580045ISI: 000404726100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145336DiVA: diva2:1128706
Available from: 2017-07-27 Created: 2017-07-27 Last updated: 2017-07-27Bibliographically approved

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