Johansson et al: The Sawmill Study (1978)

This is some information on Johansson et al's study in 1978. I hope they help!

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They wanted to find out about how work and the amount of work can affect stress levels and the subsequent levels of controls that the workers have over the workload.

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Stress-related hormones and stress-related absenteeism in finishers were measured and these were compared with other workers in the factory.

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There were higher levels of stress-related illness and more stress hormones in finishers than other workers.

This shows that a combination of work environment, work overload and control leads to greater stress.

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  • There may have been individual differences (e.g. personality type) might have been a factor affecting the stress response of different workers.
  • Because the study is not done in a laboratory, there are uncontrollable variables. This means that a number of factors could be causing stress, e.g. lack of control or poor environment.
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Nice revision cards, not too much detail for something like a 4 mark question. Like the way they are set with aims, method findings etc. thanks for helping!

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