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Stressful work, psychological job strain, and turnover: A 2-year prospective cohort study of truck drivers

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Author: Croon, · Sluiter, J.K. · Blonk, R.W.B. · Broersen, J.P.J. · Frings-Dresen, M.H.W.
Source:Journal of Applied Psychology, 3, 89, 442-454
Identifier: 237786
doi: doi:10.1037/0021-9010.89.3.442
Keywords: Workplace · Arbeidsparticipatie · Car driving · Cohort analysis · Mental stress · Personnel management · Adult · Automobile Driving · Cohort Studies · Humans · Job Satisfaction · Male · Occupations · Personnel Turnover · Stress, Psychological


Based on a model that combines existing organizational stress theory and job transition theory, this 2-year longitudinal study examined antecedents and consequences of turnover among Dutch truck drivers. For this purpose, self-reported data on stressful work (job demands and control), psychological strain (need for recovery after work and fatigue), and turnover were obtained from 820 drivers in 1998 and 2000. In agreement with the model, the results showed that strain mediates the influence of stressful work on voluntary turnover. Also in conformity with the model, job movement to any job outside the trucking industry (i.e., interoccupational turnover) resulted in a larger strain reduction as compared to job movement within the trucking industry (intraoccupational turnover). Finally, strain was found to stimulate interoccupational turnover more strongly than it stimulated intraoccupational turnover. These findings provide a thorough validation of existing turnover theory and give new insights into the turnover (decision) process.