Johansson - Causes of stress Work

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  • Johansson - Causes of stress
    • Aim:
      • To measure the physiological and psychological stress response in 2 categories of employees.
    • Methodology:
      • Quasi experiment. No manipulation of IV, self-report and urine measurements were used.
    • Participants:
      • 24 workers at a Swedish sawmill. 1st group consisted of 14 workers defined of being at high risk of stress. Control group consisted of 1 maintenance workers with a low stress job.
    • Procedure:
      • Participants gave a urine sample when they arrived at work and at 4 other times during the day.
      • Gave self-report of mood and alertness, words such as 'sleepiness', 'irritable' and 'efficiency' were noted.
      • Measurements taken: Nicotine and caffeine consumption, body temperature and adrenaline levels in the urine.
    • Findings:
      • In the 1st urine sample of the day, high stress workers adrenaline levels were 2.5 times higher than their baseline. These continued to increase throughout the day.
      • The control group had a peak of 1.5 times higher than their baseline in the morning, this declined throughout the day.
      • In the self-report, the high stress group felt ore rushed and irritated and scored their well being as lower than the control group.


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