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Age-related associations between work over-commitment and zest for work among Swedish employees from a cross-sectional and longitudinal perspective
Uppsala Univ Hosp, Occupat & Environm Med, Uppsala.
Univ Ulm, Inst Hist Philosophy & Eth Med, Ulm, Germany; Univ Wuppertal, Dept Occupat Hlth Sci, Wuppertal, Germany.
Uppsala Univ Hosp, Occupat & Environm Med, Uppsala .
Umeå Univ, Psychol, Umeå; Stockholm Univ, Stress Res Inst, Stockholm.
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2017 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 57, no 2, 269-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: In aging societies, zest for work may be pivotal when deciding to stay occupationally active longer. Psychosocial work stress is a prevalent public health problem and may have an impact on zest for work. Work over-commitment (WOC) is a personal coping strategy for work stress with excessive striving and a health risk. However, the long-term effect of WOC on zest for work is poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the age-related associations of work over-commitment with zest for work. METHODS: During 1996-1998 and 2000-2003, predominantly industrial workers (n = 2940) participated in the WOLF-Norrland study and responded to a questionnaire referring to socio-demographics, WOC, zest for work, effort-reward imbalance proxies, and mental health. Age-adjusted multiple logistic regressions were performed with original and imputed datasets. RESULTS: Cross-sectionally, work overcommitted middle-aged employees had an increased prevalence of poor zest for work compared to their contemporaries without WOC (OR: 3.74 [95%-CI 2.19; 6.40]). However, in a longitudinal analysis associations between onset of 'poor zest for work' and the WOC subscales 'need for approval' (OR: 3.29 [95%-CI 1.04; 10.37]) and 'inability to withdraw from work' (OR: 5.14 [95%-CI 1.32; 20.03]) were observed. CONCLUSION: The longitudinal findings among older employees could be relevant regarding the expected need to remain occupationally active longer.

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2017. Vol. 57, no 2, 269-279 p.
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Work stress, WOC, ERI, coping
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31350DOI: 10.3233/WOR-172555ISI: 000404774400013PubMedID: 28582947Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021818266OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31350DiVA: diva2:1130234
Available from: 2017-08-08 Created: 2017-08-08 Last updated: 2017-08-11Bibliographically approved

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