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Work conditions for workers with good long-term health
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, ISSN 1753-8351, Vol. 3, no 2, 160-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to investigate which work- and private life factors are associated with long-term health, operationalized as low sickness absence and low sickness presence. Design/methodology/approach – A representative sample of 2,297 individuals responded to a questionnaire on two occasions at an interval of one year. In total, 28 percent were classified as having good long-term health. Findings – Univariate and multivariate analyses showed that some quality-related work environment factors were rather strongly associated with long-term health. For some variables women showed a clear dose-response pattern on the three-level scale alternatives in relation to health, while men had a more asymmetric response pattern. The results are discussed in relation to the symmetry in the work environment factors, i.e. if there are different factors that explain health and illness. Practical implications – Issues concerning health and health-enhancing factors are of considerable interest to practitioners concerned with management issues, organizational structure, and rehabilitation. Originality/value – The paper shows the importance of including a positive health variable within the health research paradigm to supplement the dominance of variables focusing on illness and disease.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited , 2010. Vol. 3, no 2, 160-172 p.
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gender, lifestyles, personal health, sick leave, Sweden, workplace
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-47148DOI: 10.1108/17538351011055041OAI: diva2:373368
The project was supported by a grant from AFA, an insurance company owned by Sweden's labor market parties (Dnr 2000-0173). The authors would like to thank biostatistician Tomas Lindh for his statistical advice and support. Equal contributions were made by the authors to the article.Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2010-12-08Bibliographically approved

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