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The impact of anticipation of job loss on psychological distress and worksite blood pressure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1585951     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The impact of occupational stressful life events on psychological distress and blood pressure was examined among employees of a major New York City brokerage firm undergoing massive layoffs. One hundred thirty-nine employees of the firm, who had participated in a blood pressure screening in 1986, were rescreened during the period of layoffs within their company in 1989. About two-thirds of the 139 employees reported being "somewhat" or "very" anxious or upset in 1989 during the period of layoffs, and psychological distress was significantly elevated among those employees reporting possible or definite layoff or job change and/or difficulty in obtaining a comparable job. However, we found no increase in overall blood pressure level, and no effect of anticipation of job loss on 1989 blood pressure when controlling for 1986 blood pressure level, age, body mass index, work hours, and other demographic variables. On the other hand, employment in a department sold to another employer on the day of screening, as well as employment in a clerical job title, were both associated with significant increases in diastolic blood pressure of about 5 mm Hg.
P L Schnall; P A Landsbergis; C F Pieper; J Schwartz; D Dietz; W Gerin; Y Schlussel; K Warren; T G Pickering
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of industrial medicine     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0271-3586     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Ind. Med.     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-15     Completed Date:  1992-06-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8101110     Medline TA:  Am J Ind Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiovascular and Hypertension Center, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical College, NY 10021.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / complications,  physiopathology*
Blood Pressure*
Educational Status
Hypertension / physiopathology,  psychology
Life Change Events
Longitudinal Studies
New York City
Sex Factors
Stress, Psychological / complications,  physiopathology*
Unemployment / psychology*
Grant Support

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