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Does a worksite based participatory intervention influence work climate, health and attitudes in human service employees?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Psychosocial factors, including job demands and poor resources, have consistently been linked to stress, health problems and increasingly negative attitudes to the job. This suggests that worksite based interventions targeting psychosocial factors potentially have effect on individual employees’ perceptions of the work climate, health-related factors and attitudes. This pilot study sets out to investigate the effects of a worksite based participatory organizational intervention including a series of dialogically reflective workshops. Data were collected before and six weeks after the intervention with complete data on all study variables from 40 employees taking part in the intervention and 11 referents working in the same organization. A set of MANOVAs showed a multivariate effect for job demands, with the intervention group reporting reduced quantitative role overload and the comparison group increasing in role ambiguity. There were no significant multivariate effects for job resources, work-related attitudes or health-related factors, however, the intervention group reported a decrease in social support and an increase in turnover intention over time. Although the findings are preliminary and need to be replicated in larger groups, the results are promising and suggest that this worksite based participatory organizational intervention can have positive effects on occupational work climate.

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2013. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
Intervention, work climate, job resources and demands, work-related attitudes, health-related factors
National Category
Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92439OAI: diva2:638958
2013-06-10, Psykologiska institutionen, Frescati Hagväg, Stockholm, 09:00
Available from: 2013-08-12 Created: 2013-08-05 Last updated: 2013-08-12Bibliographically approved

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