- AIM: to see whether work stressors such as repetitiveness, levels of responsibility and pace of work increase stress related psychological arousal + illness.
- METHOD: quasi- experiment- workers defined as being at high risk of stress or control group
- DESIGN: independent measures- participants already in one of 2 areas- not manipulated.
- PROCEDURE: identified high risk group of 14 'finishers' in Swedish sawmill- their job to finish off wood at last stage of production- machine paced/very repetitive. compared with low risk group of 10 cleaners, more varied, self paced.
- DATA COLLECTION: levels of stress related hormones (adrenaline + nonadrenaline) in urine were measured on work days and rest days. self reports used about their moods
- FINDINGS: 14 finishers secreted more stress hormones on work days than on rest days and higher levels than control group. finishers showed higher levels of sr illness and absenteeism than cleaners