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June/July 2011 (vol. 08/1)
Pregnancy, work and stress
A critical evidence review on the effects of psychosocial work characteristics on pregnancy outcomes (low birth weight, preterm delivery and spontaneous abortion) found only ‘modest’ associations – for example between work stress and adverse outcomes. Most of the 13 included studies were case–control or cross-sectional designs; just three were prospective studies. Data in most of the studies were thus subject to recall bias – ie women with adverse pregnancy outcomes may be more likely to report occupational exposures. ‘Job control’ appears to be more important than ‘job demand’, finds the study.
Occupational Health at Work June/July 2011 (vol. 08/1) pp40