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Workplace stress: What is the role of positive mental health?


Page, KM and MIlner, AJ and Martin, A and Turrell, G and Giles - Corti, B and LaMontagne, AD, Workplace stress: What is the role of positive mental health?, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56, (8) pp. 814-819. ISSN 1076-2752 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

DOI: doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000230


Objective: To examine whether positive mental health (PM H)-a positively focused well-being construct-moderates the job stress-distress relationship. Methods: Longitudinal regression was used to test two waves of matched, population-level data from a sample of older, working Australian adults (n = 3291) to see whether PMH modified the relationship between work stress and later psychological distress. Results: Time I work stress was positively associated with distress at both time points. Positive mental health was negatively associated with work stress at both time points. Positive mental health modified the impact of work stress on psychological distress. This effect only occurred for those with the highest levels of PMH. Conclusions: Positive mental health may help protect workers from the effect of workplace stress but only in a small proportion of the population. Therefore, to improve workplace mental health, workplaces need to both prevent stress and promote PMH.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:93422
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2014-08-01
Last Modified:2018-03-29

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