Invited commentary: job strain and health behaviors—developing a bigger picture

LaMontagne, Anthony D 2012, Invited commentary: job strain and health behaviors—developing a bigger picture, American journal of epidemiology, vol. 176, no. 12, pp. 1090-1094, doi: 10.1093/aje/kws337.

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Title Invited commentary: job strain and health behaviors—developing a bigger picture
Author(s) LaMontagne, Anthony DORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D
Journal name American journal of epidemiology
Volume number 176
Issue number 12
Start page 1090
End page 1094
Total pages 5
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0002-9262
Keyword(s) Health behaviors
Job strain
Job stressors
Physical inactivity
Summary Investigation of the association between job stressors and health behaviors has a long history that has been marked by mixed findings. Fransson et al. (Am J Epidemiol. 2012;176(12):1078–1089) find robust prospective and cross-sectional associations between job strain and leisure-time physical inactivity in combined data from 14 cohort studies. Further research to better understand the observed heterogeneity in the contributing cohorts and other studies will be crucial for application to intervention design and tailoring. The population health significance of these findings requires consideration of other job strain–health behavior (particularly the parallel analyses conducted for body mass index and smoking in the same data set) and job strain–health outcome associations, as well as these same associations for other job stressors. Job strain can be seen as a “fundamental cause” of work-related disease, in that intervention to reduce exposure to job strain could have beneficial impacts on many outcomes, making a compelling case for intervention. The significantly strengthened evidence linking job stressors to health behaviors provided by Fransson et al. may help to further direct workplace health promotion research, policy, and practice towards an approach that better integrates intervention on working conditions and health behaviors. The benefits to population health could be substantial.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/aje/kws337
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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