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Health-relevant personality traits in relation to adherence to a web-based occupational health promotion and stress management intervention
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Workplace Health Management, ISSN 1753-8351, E-ISSN 1753-836X, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 143-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the possible associations between health-relevant personality traits and adherence; and if these traits predict adherence to a web-based occupational health intervention. Design/methodology/approach In total, 563 participants were analyzed using the Health-relevant Personality Inventory. Adherence measures were: logins, utilization of self-help exercises and time spent logged in. Findings Higher levels of antagonism (a facet of agreeableness) and impulsivity (a facet of conscientiousness) correlated to fewer logins, and higher levels of negative affectivity (a facet of neuroticism) and impulsivity correlated to a higher utilization of self-help exercises. Alexithymia (a facet of openness) negatively predicted self-help exercise utilization and antagonism was a positive predictor. Negative affectivity was a positive predictor of time spent logged in to the intervention. There were sex-related differences in outcomes. Originality/value This is the first study to investigate health-relevant personality traits in relation to adherence to a web-based occupational health intervention. The practical implications are that intervention developers could benefit from taking personality into consideration to better understand and improve adherence.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018. Vol. 11, no 3, p. 143-158
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Adherence, Health-relevant personality, Occupational health promotion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-150499DOI: 10.1108/IJWHM-11-2017-0092ISI: 000439939300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-150499DiVA, id: diva2:1237986
Available from: 2018-08-10 Created: 2018-08-10 Last updated: 2018-08-10Bibliographically approved

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