Print Email Facebook Twitter Differential effects of mental and physical health and coping style on work ability: A 1-year follow-up study among aging workers Title Differential effects of mental and physical health and coping style on work ability: A 1-year follow-up study among aging workers Author van de Vijfeijke, H. Leijten, F.R. Ybema, J.F. van den Heuvel, S.G. Robroek, S.J. van der Beek, A.J. Burdorf, A. Taris, T.W. Publication year 2013 Abstract OBJECTIVE: This study examines whether mental and physical health relate differently to work ability and whether these associations vary with coping style. METHODS: A 1-year longitudinal study was conducted among 8842 employees aged 45 to 64 years from the Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation. On-line questionnaires measured self-perceived mental and physical health at baseline and coping and work ability at follow-up. The data were analyzed using hierarchical regression analysis. RESULTS: Active coping and good mental and especially physical health predicted high work ability at follow-up. Avoidant coping was negatively related to work ability. Seeking support was unrelated to work ability. Interaction effects of coping and health on work ability were weak. CONCLUSIONS: Successful coping styles and good health predict high work ability, and thus, promoting such factors can help improve sustainable employability. Subject OrganisationWH - Work & HealthBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesWork and EmploymentWorkplaceHealthy LivingWork abilityPhysical healthEmployeesCopingMental healthAdultCoping behaviorOccupational healthWork capacity To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:bb612e68-3289-40d2-bf4a-ebef237d7c7e DOI https://doi.org/10.1097/jom.0b013e3182a2a5e1 TNO identifier 482729 Source Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 55 (10), 1238-43 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.