A Study on etiological associations between working conditions, mental health and work ability
In this project, the focus is on positive indicators of mental health respectively well-being of employees. First, longitudinal relationships between work factors (demands and resources) and diverse indicators of well-being (positive affect or affect balance, life satisfaction, job satisfaction and work engagement) are examined.
Of central importance are the consideration of temporal dynamics and the examination of interactions between work factors, such as those postulated in the Job Demands Resources Model. Another central aim of this project is to identify differential effects of work-related and personal resources on well-being and quality of life.
The focus here is particularly on vulnerable groups such as workers with low-skilled jobs and workers with physical health impairments, which have so far been underrepresented in occupational psychological research. The Study on Mental Health at Work (S-MGA), a representative study of employees subject to social security contributions in Germany, forms the data basis for answering all research questions. The project complements the analysis of negative aspects of mental health in the context of S-MGA and thus enables a comprehensive consideration of mental health.
Unit 3.2 "Mental Workload and Mental Health"