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An exploratory study of the relationship between psychosocial hazard and ambulatory physiological response in higher education employees

Campbell, Thomas George; Davison, Richard; Florida-James, Geraint; Westbury, Tony


Richard Davison


Purpose: as exposure to psychosocial hazard at work represents a substantial risk factor for employee health in many modern occupations, being able to accurately assess how employees cope with their working environment is crucial. As the workplace is generally accepted as being a dynamic environment consideration should be given to the interaction between employees and the acute environmental characteristics of their workplace. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of both acute demand and chronic work-related psychosocial hazard upon employees through ambulatory assessment of heart rate variability and blood pressure.
Design: a within-subjects repeated measures design was used to investigate the relationship between exposure to work-related psychosocial hazard and ambulatory heart rate variability and blood pressure in a cohort of higher education employees. Additionally the effect of acute variation in perceived work-related demand was investigated.
Results: two dimensions of the Management Standards were found to demonstrate an association with heart rate variability; more hazardous levels of “demand” and “relationships” were associated with decreased SDNN. Significant changes in blood pressure and indices of heart rate variability were observed with increased acute demand.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 23, 2016
Publication Date Sep 12, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 29, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 13, 2017
Journal International Journal of Workplace Health Management
Print ISSN 1753-8351
Electronic ISSN 1753-836X
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 3
Pages 360-374
Keywords Workplace health; workplace wellness; stress; psychosocial hazard; work related; demand; management standards indicator tool;
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Contract Date Jun 29, 2016


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