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Commutingrelated Stress Consequences and Implications

Commutingrelated Stress Consequences and Implications The growth in commuting has brought with it another source ofstress for the worker. Little research has been done in the area andwhat is available tends to be mainly from the US. Reports on the firstpart of a British study which focused on the London area. From acomprehensive questionnaire study of 370 participants it is clear thatthe main source of stress in commuting is the level of impedance ordifficulty encountered. Long distances are not necessarily stressful,though longerterm effects may lie in the disturbance of the balancebetween home, work, social and leisure aspects of life. The centralaspects of stress are perceived control and social support. While theindividual needs to ensure that social support is available, dealingwith commuter stress must centre around establishing perceived controlover the experience. Reducing impedance, by whatever means, is a majorpart of solving the problem. However, the individual can also establishcontrol by reclaiming what could otherwise be a part of daily livingwhich is endured, as an inevitable loss. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Employee Counselling Today Emerald Publishing

Commutingrelated Stress Consequences and Implications

Employee Counselling Today , Volume 4 (2): 7 – Feb 1, 1992

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0955-8217
DOI
10.1108/13665629210013465
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Abstract

The growth in commuting has brought with it another source ofstress for the worker. Little research has been done in the area andwhat is available tends to be mainly from the US. Reports on the firstpart of a British study which focused on the London area. From acomprehensive questionnaire study of 370 participants it is clear thatthe main source of stress in commuting is the level of impedance ordifficulty encountered. Long distances are not necessarily stressful,though longerterm effects may lie in the disturbance of the balancebetween home, work, social and leisure aspects of life. The centralaspects of stress are perceived control and social support. While theindividual needs to ensure that social support is available, dealingwith commuter stress must centre around establishing perceived controlover the experience. Reducing impedance, by whatever means, is a majorpart of solving the problem. However, the individual can also establishcontrol by reclaiming what could otherwise be a part of daily livingwhich is endured, as an inevitable loss.

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Employee Counselling TodayEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1992

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