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Satisfaction with work task quality correlates with employee health

Yvonne Liljeholm Johansson, Tores Theorell
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 18 Number 4: Page 141 (December 2003)

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Abstract: The current study was undertaken to identify factors that enhance functioning in orchestral groups playing classical music. The underlying hypothesis was that work-task quality (functioning) correlates with psychosocial environment and health factors. From among members of 12 Swedish classical orchestras, 50% of the musicians were asked to complete a questionnaire; the response rate was 78%. Bivariate correlation and multiple linear regression methods were used to analyze the results. Dependent variables were three different health aspects: total sum score, musculoskeletal symptoms, and well-being. The most important work-quality factor that was significantly related to the three health aspects was work content. Social support was significantly related to two health aspects, and instrument group, gender, orchestra status, and systematic work with work environment each related to some of the health aspects. The relationship between health and psychosocial factors indicates that health promotion should be undertaken together with organizational interventions focused on improving these aspects.

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