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Factors associated with high use of a workplace web-based stress management program in a randomized controlled intervention study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
2010 (English)In: Health Education Research, ISSN 0268-1153, E-ISSN 1465-3648, Vol. 25, no 4, 596-607 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In web-based health promotion programs, large variations in participant engagement are common. The aim was to investigate determinants of high use of a worksite self-help web-based program for stress management. Two versions of the program were offered to randomly selected departments in IT and media companies. A static version of the program including health screening tool, diary and information about stress was offered to the control group. Additional materials, i.e. interactive, cognitive-based and classical stress management exercises and a chat room, were offered to the intervention group. Baseline data regarding participants' demographics, health (self-ratings and biological measures), lifestyle, work-related factors and group membership were analyzed to study determinants of employees' participation in the program during a period of 12 months. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used and found intervention group membership, being a woman, having at most a secondary education, regular physical exercise habits and having positive expectations of the program were significant predictors of high use. The findings demonstrate that the interactivity of a web-based program is an important factor for determining participation in a web-based worksite stress management program. Implications for those developing and implementing future web-based health promotion activities are discussed.

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2010. Vol. 25, no 4, 596-607 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42164DOI: 10.1093/her/cyq005ISI: 000280260200008PubMedID: 20150531Local ID: P2816OAI: diva2:344216
Available from: 2010-08-18 Created: 2010-08-18 Last updated: 2011-11-21Bibliographically approved

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