Job stress and healthy behavior among male Japanese office workers

Kyoko Nomura, Mutsuhiro Nakao, Shinobu Tsurugano, Takeaki Takeuchi, Mariko Inoue, Yasuko Shinozaki, Eiji Yano

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Background: Lifestyle modification in healthy workers is challenging. We aim to investigate associations between job stress and healthy behavior change among workers. Methods: This cross-sectional study investigated 1,183 Japanese male white-collar workers in 2008 during health checkups for Metabolic Syndrome. Healthy behavior included either a calorie-focused diet or regular exercise. Job stress was measured by Job Content Questionnaire based on the job demands-control model and tension-anxiety and anger-hostility scales on the Profile of Mood States. Results: Healthy behaviors were confirmed in 54% of study subjects. Multivariate logistic model showed that healthy behaviors were positively associated with a higher degree of work control and negatively associated with greater work demand. Work control and support were negatively correlated with tension-anxiety and depression, whereas work demand and strain were positively correlated with these two emotion domains (all P's < 0.0001). Conclusions: It is suggested that addressing job stress is of clinical importance to promote healthy behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1128-1134
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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