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

Houdmont, Jonathan and Clemes, S. and Munir, F. and Wilson, K. and Kerr, Robert and Addley, Ken (2015) Psychosocial work environment and leisure-time physical activity: the Stormont Study. Occupational Medicine, 65 (3). pp. 215-219. ISSN 0962-7480

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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.

Item Type: Article
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.oxfordjournals.org/content/65/3/215.abstract?sid=c940c609-1d26-4cbf-b02f-5e6035f266c3
Keywords: Civil servants; Leisure-time physical activity; Management Standards Indicator Tool; Psychosocial work environment; Work-related stress
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqu208
Depositing User: Houdmont, Mr Jonathan
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 12:23
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 07:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29206

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