Accession Number:

AD0718444

Title:

Conditions of Work: Psychological and Endocrine Stress Reactions,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

KAROLINSKA SJUKHUSET STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN) LAB FOR CLINICAL STRESS RESEARCH

Report Date:

1969-12-09

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

Psychosocial stressors in modern working life and measurement of their psychophysiological effects are briefly discussed and three stress studies presented. First, officers and soldiers were exposed to a stressful 75-hour vigil. Significant stress reactions were studied with respect to erythrocyte sedimentation rate, protein-bound iodine, serum iron level, electrocardiogram pattern, behavior, and catecholamine excretion. Pronounced circadian rhythms and significant psychophysiological correlations were observed. Second the remuneration of a group of salaried invoicing clerks was abruptly changed to plece-wages. The subjects reaction was noted in performance and in increase in discomfort ratings and catechoiamine excretion. Third, a group of office clerks were moved to and from various types of offices. Moving from a conventional office to an office landscape was studied for an increase in fatigue ratings and catecholamine excretion. The implications of these findings for environmental health are briefly discussed. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE