Job control mediates change in a work reorganization: intervention for stress reduction

Bond, Frank W. and Bunce, David. 2001. Job control mediates change in a work reorganization: intervention for stress reduction. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Vol. 6(No. 4), pp. 290-302. ISSN 1076-8998 [Article]


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This longitudinal, quasi-experiment tested whether a work reorganization intervention can improve stress-related outcomes by increasing people's job control. To this end, the authors used a participative action research (PAR) intervention that had the goal of reorganizing work to increase the extent to which people had discretion and choice in their work. Results indicated that the PAR intervention significantly improved people's mental health, sickness absence rates, and self-rated performance at a 1-year follow-up. Consistent with occupational health psychology theories, increase in job control served as the mechanism, or mediator, by which these improvements occurred. Discussion focuses on the need to understand the mechanisms by which work reorgnization interventions affect change.

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Work reorganization participative action research (PAR) intervention occupational health psychology

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Institute of Management Studies



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11 Aug 2008 13:10

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29 Apr 2020 15:34

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