Dissecting the effect of workplace exposures on workers’ rating of psychological health and safety

Avinash Ramkissoon, Peter Smith, John Oudyk

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Objectives: To validate the factor structure of the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ) in a North American population and dissect the associations between psychosocial factors and workplace psychological health and safety. Methods: Confirmatory factor analysis and multivariate linear regression were used to determine the associations between COPSOQ dimensions and a global rating of workplace psychological health and safety. Models were stratified by sex, gender roles, and age. Results: The COPSOQ factor structure was verified among Canadian workers. Three factors were found to significantly contribute to the global rating of the psychological health and safety for all workers. Few differences were observed across sex, gender roles, and age. Conclusions: This study identified dimensions of the psychosocial work environment that are strongly associated with the global rating of workplace psychological health and safety. Using a standardized questionnaire like the COPSOQ allows for comparisons over time, between different industries, and worker populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-421
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Canada
  • employment
  • factor analysis
  • mental health
  • surveys and questionnaires

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