Biological and occupational consequences of work stress

"Work stress" is something which is spoken about a great deal, but is often loosely defined and poorly studied.  We are conducting a series of research studies following over 9,000 individuals to examine the impact different types of work stress has on mental health and well-being. 

The 1958 National Child Development Study is an on-going population-based survey that follows over 9,000 people born in the UK during one week in March 1958. This study collects information on employment, health behaviour, psychosocial factors, and measures for a range of biomarkers and mental health outcomes. Through secondary analyses of this data, we are hoping to elucidate the association between various workplace stressors and mental disorders.  The biological samples recently collected from the entire cohort also provide a rare opportunity to examine the role cortisol and inflammatory biomarkers may have in linking work stress with mental health outcomes.