Impact of Psychosocial Risk Factors on Workers’ Health: Contributions of a Subjective Health Indicator

  • Carla BarrosEmail author
  • Pilar Baylina
  • Liliana Cunha
Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 277)


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of psychosocial risks factors on professionals’ drivers using a subjective health indicator—the Nottingham Health Profile (NHP). The results shows that professionals’ drivers are exposed to huge amount of psychosocial risk factors related to, such as, high demands and work intensity, working hours, emotional demands and some work characteristics. NPH subscales (physical mobility, pain, energy level, sleep, social isolation and emotional reaction) showed significantly associations with psychosocial risk factors, but most particularly the work intensity and working hours with the dimension of emotional reaction. These results reinforce the fact that work activity in transportation remains severe in terms of working conditions, given an ever-increasing work intensification scenario, associated with time constraints and day-to-day experienced pressure. New research in this area will have important implications for the understanding of subjective health on mental health and well-being determining factors.


Psychosocial risk factors Workers’ health Subjective health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade Fernando PessoaPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Escola Superior de SaúdeInstituto Politécnico do PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da Educação da Universidade do PortoCentro de Psicologia da Universidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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