Job strain and mortality in elderly men: social network, support, and influence as buffers

Am J Public Health. 1992 Aug;82(8):1136-9. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.8.1136.


The aim was to investigate whether job strain affects mortality in a representative population of elderly men, and whether social network and social support outside the workplace can buffer the negative health effects of job strain. A higher relative mortality risk (RR) was found among men exposed to job strain (RR = 1.7). The combination of exposure to job strain and seven different measures of weak social network and social support was associated with a further increased RR ranging from 2.1 to 4.6.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mortality*
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Isolation*
  • Social Support*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*
  • Work / psychology*