Time pressure, social work stressors and blood pressure in a team of seven IT-workers during one week of intense work

Kottwitz, Maria Undine; Lachapelle, Maurice; Elfering, Achim (2014). Time pressure, social work stressors and blood pressure in a team of seven IT-workers during one week of intense work. International Journal of Psychology : a Biopsychosocial Approach, 14, pp. 51-70. Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas 10.7220/2345-024X.14.3

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Background. In the field of information technology (IT) time pressure is common.
Working with tight deadlines together on the same task increases the risk of social
stressors referring to tensions and conflicts at work. Purpose. This field study tested both the association of time pressure and social stressors with blood pressure during work. Method. Seven employees – staff of a small IT enterprise – participated in repeated ambulatory blood pressure measurements over the course of one week. Time pressure and social stressors at work were assessed by questionnaire at the beginning of the study. Results. Multilevel regression analyses of 138 samples revealed higher levels of time pressure to be related to marginally significant increases in mean arterial blood pressure at noon and in the afternoon. In addition, higher levels of social stressors at work were significantly associated to elevated mean arterial pressure in the afternoon. Conclusion. Findings support the view that threats to the social self play an important role in occupational health.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Kottwitz, Maria Undine, Elfering, Achim


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology


1941-7233, 2345-024X


Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas




Diana Cristina Romano

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25 Mar 2015 11:20

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02 Mar 2023 23:26

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