An investigation into the psychological factors related to Occupational overuse syndrome : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Psychology at Massey University
The present study investigated the psychological factors that relate to Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS). The specific focus of this study was the work related behaviours associated with OOS. OOS is a condition in which sufferers experience pain in the neck, shoulders and/or upper limbs, and is often work related. Previous research in this area has found a relationship between OOS symptoms and work related behaviours encompassed by the Type A Behaviour Pattern. The current study was designed to increase knowledge in this area. A total of 575 respondents completed a questionnaire designed to measure OOS, Type A Behaviour, and Quality of Working Life. Correlations between the main variables of OOS and Type A Behaviours found a consistent relationship between the syndrome variables and the Speed and Impatience behaviour sub scale. Strong intercorrelations were also found within the OOS variables and the Type A variables. One way analysis of variances determined that there were a range of confounds between main and demographic variables. To control for the effects of the confounds multiple regression analysis was used. The percentage of OOS explained by the Type A variables was small but significant. The implications of the above relationships were discussed. The Speed and Impatience behaviour type can be seen as a positive employee characteristic and therefore should be further investigated in order to control for its maladaptive aspects.