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Psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity: the Stormont Study

Houdmont, Jonathan; Clemes, S.; Munir, F.; Wilson, K.; Kerr, Robert; Addley, Ken

Authors

S. Clemes

F. Munir

K. Wilson

Robert Kerr

Ken Addley



Abstract

Background: Research findings are equivocal on relations between the psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA). This might be partly due to studies having focused on a restricted set of psychosocial dimensions, thereby failing to capture all relevant domains.
Aims: First, to examine cross-sectional associations between seven psychosocial work environment domains and LTPA in a large sample of UK civil servants. Second, to profile LTPA and consider this in relation to UK government recommendations on physical activity.

Method: in 2012, Northern Ireland Civil Service employees completed a questionnaire including measures of psychosocial working conditions (Management Standards Indicator Tool) and LTPA. We applied bivariate correlations and linear regression analyses to examine relations between psychosocial working conditions and LTPA.
Results: Of ~26,000 civil servants contacted, 5,235 (20%) completed the questionnaire. Twenty-four per cent of men and 17% of women reported having undertaken ≥30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days in the past week. Job control (-0.08) and peer support (-0.05) were weakly but significantly negatively correlated with LTPA in men. Job role (-0.05) was weakly but significantly negatively correlated with LTPA in women. These psychosocial work characteristics accounted for 1% or less of the variance in LTPA.

Conclusions: Longitudinal research to examine cause-effect relations between psychosocial work characteristics and leisure-time physical activity might inform the potential for psychosocial job redesign to increase employees’ physical activity during leisure time.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Journal Occupational Medicine
Print ISSN 0962-7480
Electronic ISSN 0962-7480
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Houdmont, J., Clemes, S., Munir, F., Wilson, K., Kerr, R., & Addley, K. (2015). Psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity: the Stormont Study. Occupational Medicine, 65(3), doi:10.1093/occmed/kqu208
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqu208
Keywords Civil servants; Leisure-time physical activity; Management Standards Indicator Tool; Psychosocial work environment; Work-related stress
Publisher URL http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/65/3/215.abstract?sid=c940c609-1d26-4cbf-b02f-5e6035f266c3
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Occupational Medicine following peer review. The version of record Houdmont,J.,Clemes,S., Munir,F.,Wilson,K.,Kerr,R.,& Addley,K. (2015). Psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity: the Stormont Study. Occupational Medicine, 65, (3). p. 215-219 is available online at: http://occmed.oxfordjou...-4cbf-b02f-5e6035f266c3

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