Sleeping problems and health behaviors as mediators between organizational justice and health

Health Psychol. 2003 May;22(3):287-93. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.22.3.287.


The aim of this longitudinal cohort study was to investigate whether sleeping problems and health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, and sedentary lifestyle) mediate the association between organizational justice and employee health. Health indicators were minor psychiatric morbidity, as assessed by the General Health Questionnaire (U. Werneke, D. P. Goldberg, I. Yalcin, & B. T. Ustun, 2000), and poor self-rated health status. The results of logistic regression analysis of data for 416 male and 3,357 female hospital employees working during the 1998-2000 period in 10 Finnish hospitals suggest that sleeping problems are one of the underlying factors causing the adverse health effects of low organizational justice at work. No support for a mediating role of health behaviors between low organizational justice and health problems was obtained.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / complications*
  • Smoking / psychology*