Table 2

Bivariate analysis for associations of job stress, psychological distress and rank with physical activity
Dimensions of physical activity and characteristics β (CI 95%)
TSa
Job stress by quadrant
  Low effort/high rewardb -
  Low effort/low reward 0.191 (−0.104; 0.486)
  High effort/high reward 0.186 (−0.133; 0.504)
  High effort/low reward 0.152 (−0.151; 0.455)
Psychological distress
  Nob -
  Yes −0.190 (−0.336; 0.118)
Rank
  Field officers and captainsb -
  Lieutenants 0.531 (0.211; 0.851)
  Sergeant-majors and sergeants −0.089 (−0.411; 0.239
  Corporals and privates 0.680 (0.389; 0.970)
OPAc
Job stress by quadrant
  Low effort/high rewardb -
  Low effort/low reward 0.072 (−0.050; 0.194)
  High effort/high reward 0.235 (0,102; 0.367)
  High effort/low reward 0.405 (0.279; 0531)
Psychological distress
  Nob -
  Yes 0.152 (0.055; 0.250)
Rank
  Field officers and captainsb -
  Lieutenants 0.553 (0.422; 0.684)
  Sergeant-majors and sergeants 0.057 (−0.075; 0.190)
  Corporals and privates 0.412 (0.294; 0.531)
SELd
Job stress by quadrant
  Low effort/high rewardb -
  Low effort/low reward −0.014 (−0.182; 0.154)
  High effort/high reward −0.022 (−0.205; 0.160)
  High effort/low reward −0.209 (−0.383; −0.036)
Psychological distress
  Nob -
  Yes −0.171 (−0.301; −0.042)
Rank
  Field officers and captainsb -
  Lieutenants 0.030 (−0.159; 0.219)
  Sergeant-majors and sergeants −0.256 (−0.448; −0.065)
  Corporals and privates −0.057 (−0.228; 0.115)
PALLe
Job stress by quadrant
  Low effort/high rewardb -
  Low effort/low reward 0.110 (−0.046; 0.266)
  High effort/high reward −0.032 (−0.201; 0.137)
  High effort/low reward 0.049 (−0.210; 0.112)
Psychological distress
  Nob
  Yes −0.089 (−0.209; 0.031)
Rank
  Field officers and captainsb -
  Lieutenants −0.052 (−0.224; 0.119)
  Sergeant-majors and sergeants 0.102 (−0.072; 0.276)
  Corporals and privates 0.328 (0.173; 0.483)

Association of job stress, psychological distress and rank with physical activity – results of the bivariate analysis, by simple linear regression via generalized linear models (2010).

β = Coefficient.

aTS (total score) = OPA + SEL + PALL.

bReference category.

cOPA = occupational physical activity.

dSEL = physical activity in sports/physical exercise during leisure.

ePALL = other physical activities during leisure and in walking.

Obs.: Age was significantly associated (p < 0.05) with TS, OPA and PALL, all three decreasing with increasing age.

Martins and Lopes

Martins and Lopes BMC Public Health 2013 13:716   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-716

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