Endocrine activity in air traffic controllers at work. III. Relationship to physical and psychiatric morbidity.
This final report in the series of three examines the relationships between physical health change, psychopathology and work responsiveness to cortisol and growth hormone secretion in air traffic controllers. In contrast to expectations, those who had the lowest rates of mild to moderate physical health change showed a modest tendency to have higher average cortisol. Those men who experienced more psychiatric symptomatology in terms of impulse control problems, alcohol abuse and subjective distress had slightly higher average cortisol values at work. Those men who responded to increased workload with increases in cortisol, possibly reflecting increased job involvement, also had higher average cortisol. Physical health change, levels of psychopathology and cortisol responses to increased workload were statistically independent predictors of average cortisol levels.
Rose, RM; Jenkins, CD; Hurst, M; Kreger, BE; Barrett, J; Hall, RP
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