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Decision-making context and stress: Administrative officers and investigators in three Swedish public authorities

Journal article
Authors Ilkka Salo
Carl Martin Allwood
Published in Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages 175-193
ISSN 1555-5240
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 175-193
Language en
Keywords Decision making, decision-making context, organizations, stress, work
Subject categories Psychology


This study analyzed how employees’ experience of stress and sleep quality are affected by aspects of the external decision-making context (work planning, clarity of goal formulations, available time, and dependence on other people) and an internal factor (judgmental self-doubt). The participants were administrative officers and investigators at three Swedish public authorities: The National Tax Board, the Social Insurance Agency, and a county Police Authority. The results showed that the internal factor Judgmental Self-Doubt was a slightly better predictor for perceived stress and sleep problems compared to the external decision-making context. Only minor differences between the organizations were found. These results are important to consider for human resource managers in the context of employee training and work planning.

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