The role of psychosocial work environment in psychological health and well-being among health care staff

B. Pikó, Martha Piczil

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It is well known that job stress influences employees' work satisfaction, physical and mental health and well-being. The present paper includes results of two independent studies. First, we have analyzed the potential influencing characteristics of work environment related to nurses' life satisfaction with special emphasis put on burnout factors. Second, the next study has been to look at the relationship between psychosocial work environment and self-perceived health in a sample of health care staff living and working in Subotica, Serbia. In the first study, there were 201 registered nurses working in Szeged hospitals, Hungary. In the second study, there were 253 health care workers in the sample, most of them worked as registered nurses, head nurses or assistants (altogether 80.1% of them). The data collection was going on by means of selfadministered questionnaires. The health care staff as respondents report a high frequency of experiencing emotionally provoking situations. Parallel with this, they often lack the social network which would provide effective support in these situations. The frequencies of emotionally provoking situations and the lack of social support, together with the paid extra work and the low levels of work satisfaction influence negatively their selfperceived health. Findings also suggest that burnout factors are significantly related to life satisfaction, the relationship is particularly strong with emotional exhaustion. Work satisfaction shows a strong relationship with the three burnout subscales, in addition, the relationship between life satisfaction and work satisfaction is particularly strong. These results draw the attention to the role of psychosocial work environment in determining satisfaction with life as an indicator of subjective well-being. In addition, the psychosocial work environment significantly has an impact on the health care workers' self-perceived health and their levels of psychosomatic symptoms. There is a great need of learning skills and techniques among health care staff which would help them in preventing deterioration of their psychological health and well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndustrial Psychology Research Trends
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages89-103
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)1600218253, 9781600218255
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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work environment
Job Satisfaction
burnout
well-being
health care
Psychology
staff
Delivery of Health Care
nurse
Health
health
satisfaction with life
Nurses
Social Support
Supervisory Nursing
Serbia
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Hungary
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Keywords

  • Psychological health and well-being
  • Psychosocial work environment
  • Satisfaction with life
  • Work satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Pikó, B., & Piczil, M. (2007). The role of psychosocial work environment in psychological health and well-being among health care staff. In Industrial Psychology Research Trends (pp. 89-103). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

The role of psychosocial work environment in psychological health and well-being among health care staff. / Pikó, B.; Piczil, Martha.

Industrial Psychology Research Trends. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2007. p. 89-103.

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Pikó, B & Piczil, M 2007, The role of psychosocial work environment in psychological health and well-being among health care staff. in Industrial Psychology Research Trends. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 89-103.
Pikó B, Piczil M. The role of psychosocial work environment in psychological health and well-being among health care staff. In Industrial Psychology Research Trends. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2007. p. 89-103
Pikó, B. ; Piczil, Martha. / The role of psychosocial work environment in psychological health and well-being among health care staff. Industrial Psychology Research Trends. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2007. pp. 89-103
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