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2012 Seminar Series

Title: Effort-Reward Imbalance at Work, Perceived Control, and Health Behaviours in Central and Eastern Europe

Speaker: Mr. Sung-Wei Chen

Date & Time: Friday 29th June 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


Health behaviours are influenced by a wide range of psychosocial factors. Among psychosocial factors, perceived control and work stress (defined by Demand-Control model and Effort-Reward Imbalance model) have been repeatedly reported to predict health behaviours. Despite evidence linking perceived control and work stress independently to health behaviours, only few studies have examined the inter-relationship between work stress, perceived control and health behaviours. Several gaps are identified in such research: for examples, no literature on the link between Effort-Reward Imbalance, perceived control and health behaviours when all of them are considered simultaneously; inconclusive findings in roles of perceived control in work stress–outcome relationship. Thus, this thesis aims to examine the relationship between Effort-Reward Imbalance, perceived control and health behaviours in a large-sample study in Central and Eastern Europe. In the preliminary analyses based on baseline data from HAPIEE study, both Effort-Reward Imbalance and perceived control are cross-sectionally associated with a variety of health behaviours. Future work will investigate potential roles of perceived control (modifier, mediator, antecedent, or independent effect) in a prospective analysis, with data collected at later periods and with a wider set of variables.

Sung-Wei obtained MBBS (Medicine) and Master (Social Science) in National Taiwan University. Prior to starting PhD, he worked as Consultant Psychiatrist/Physician in Mackay Memorial Hospital near Hsinchu Science Park, where he began to focus on work stress in global/high-tech industries. His supervisors are Dr. Hynek Pikhart, Prof. Martin Bobak, and Dr. Anne Peasey. His study is funded by Taiwanese government scholarship.

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