Job, personality and illness reporting

L. Spillane, R. Spillane*

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This paper reports the results of a study of the relationships between perceived job factors (control, demands, support, uncertainty), personality traits (extraversion, anxiety, dominance) and the reporting of serious and minor illnesses. The sample consisted of 723 managers and blue- and white-collar employees in a large manufacturing organisation. Factor analysis identified five minor illness factors (musculoskeletal, malaise, gastrointestinal, respiratory, upper respiratory tract). Females reported more malaise than males, and age influenced malaise, gastrointestinal and upper respiratory tract reporting. For serious illness, age was related to reports of arthritis and skin cancer whilst there were no sex effects. Illness reporting was not affected by personality but job (demands and control) exerted a significant though moderate influence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-533
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • Illness reporting
  • Job factors
  • Personality factors


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