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Stress among national politicians elected to Parliament for the first time

Weinberg, A and Cooper, CL 2003, 'Stress among national politicians elected to Parliament for the first time' , Stress and Health, 19 (2) , pp. 111-117.

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Abstract

Previous research has shown that levels of stress among national politicians are higher than among workers in comparable management jobs. The election of 236 new Members of Parliament (MPs) in the 1997 UK General Election permitted longitudinal study. The General Health Questionnaire-12 and Occupational Stress Indicator measured psychological and physical stress in comparable groups at pre-election (T1; n = 29) or 3-month post-election (T2; n = 66) time-points and at 1-year follow-up (T3; n = 66). Stress increased from T1 to T2 and was predicted by factors at the home–work interface (p < 0.001). Politicians in poor psychological health reported long working hours and no emotional support (p < 0.05). At T3 psychological symptoms returned to T1 levels, while physical stress remained elevated for male MPs, those with children and those in the party in Government (p < 0.05).

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Journal or Publication Title: Stress and Health
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 15323005
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2007 08:58
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/119

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