Objective: To explore a possible causal relationship between psychosocial work characteristics and mental health. Methods: Using longitudinal data from the Maastricht Cohort Study on "Fatigue at Work" (n =2332), the effects of changes in job demands and decision latitude on subsequent changes in need for recovery and prolonged fatigue were studied. Results: Increasing job demands are a significant predictor of a subsequent increase in need for recovery (beta = 0.063) and prolonged fatigue (P = 0.057). An increase in decision latitude predicted a subsequent decrease in need for recovery (beta = -0.078) and prolonged fatigue (beta = -0.063). After adjusting for changes in other work characteristics, the effects on changes in prolonged fatigue were no longer significant. Conclusion: These findings support a possible causal relationship between work characteristics and mental health and can be used for designing effective prevention and intervention strategies.
|Title of host publication||The XIIIth European congress of work and organizational psychology|
|Place of Publication||Stockholm|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2007|