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PURPOSE To examine the associations of age, lifestyle and work-related factors, and particularly work engagement with the work ability index (WAI) and its sub-dimensions. METHODS Step-wise regression analysis with a sample of Finnish firefighters (n = 403) was used. The outcome variables were the WAI and its six sub-dimensions. The independent variables(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the change trajectories of positive and negative moods and their relationship to work ability, self-rated health, and life satisfaction in a three-wave 13-year follow-up study. METHODS The data, consisting of Finnish firefighters (n = 360), were collected via questionnaires in 1996, 1999, and 2009. RESULTS Four distinct mood(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify work ability trajectories among Finnish firefighters during a 13-year follow-up. We examined whether baseline musculoskeletal pain and depressive symptoms (DPS) predicted membership of the trajectories. METHODS We studied 411 male firefighters who responded to a questionnaire at both baseline and at least one of two follow-ups. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate developmental paths in multisite musculoskeletal pain (MPS) and depressive symptoms (DPS) and the effects of job demands (JD), job resources (JR), optimism and health-related lifestyle on these paths. We expected to find four trajectories--Low Symptoms, High Pain, High Depression and High Symptoms--and hypothesised that high JDs,(More)
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