Organisational justice and cognitive function in middle-aged employees: The Whitehall II study

Marko Elovainio, Archana Singh-Manoux, Jane E. Ferrie, Martin Shipley, David Gimeno, Roberto De Vogli, Jussi Vahtera, Marianna Virtanen, Markus Jokela, Michael G. Marmot, Mika Kivimäki

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background Little is known about the role that work-related factors play in the decline of cognitive function. This study examined the association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function among middle-aged men and women. Methods Perceived organisational justice was measured at phases 1 (1985-8) and 2 (1989-90) of the Whitehall II study when the participants were 35-55 years old. Assessment of cognitive function at the screening clinic at phases 5 (1997-9) and 7 (2003-4) included the following tests in the screening clinic: memory, inductive reasoning (Alice Heim 4), vocabulary (Mill Hill), and verbal fluency (phonemic and semantic). Mean exposure to lower organisational justice at phases 1 and 2 in relation to cognitive function at phases 5 and 7 were analysed using linear regression analyses. The final sample included 4531 men and women. Results Lower mean levels of justice at phases 1 and 2 were associated with worse cognitive function in terms of memory, inductive reasoning, vocabulary and verbal fluency at both phases 5 and 7. These associations were independent of covariates, such as age, occupational grade, behavioural risks, depression, hypertension and job strain. Conclusions This study suggests an association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function. Further studies are needed to examine whether interventions designed to improve organisational justice would affect employees' cognition function favourably.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-556
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Social Justice
Cognition
Vocabulary
Semantics
Linear Models
Regression Analysis
Depression
Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

Cite this

Elovainio, M., Singh-Manoux, A., Ferrie, J. E., Shipley, M., Gimeno, D., De Vogli, R., ... Kivimäki, M. (2012). Organisational justice and cognitive function in middle-aged employees: The Whitehall II study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(6), 552-556. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2010.113407

Organisational justice and cognitive function in middle-aged employees : The Whitehall II study. / Elovainio, Marko; Singh-Manoux, Archana; Ferrie, Jane E.; Shipley, Martin; Gimeno, David; De Vogli, Roberto; Vahtera, Jussi; Virtanen, Marianna; Jokela, Markus; Marmot, Michael G.; Kivimäki, Mika.

In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Vol. 66, No. 6, 06.2012, p. 552-556.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Elovainio, M, Singh-Manoux, A, Ferrie, JE, Shipley, M, Gimeno, D, De Vogli, R, Vahtera, J, Virtanen, M, Jokela, M, Marmot, MG & Kivimäki, M 2012, 'Organisational justice and cognitive function in middle-aged employees: The Whitehall II study', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 66, no. 6, pp. 552-556. https://doi.org/10.1136/jech.2010.113407
Elovainio, Marko ; Singh-Manoux, Archana ; Ferrie, Jane E. ; Shipley, Martin ; Gimeno, David ; De Vogli, Roberto ; Vahtera, Jussi ; Virtanen, Marianna ; Jokela, Markus ; Marmot, Michael G. ; Kivimäki, Mika. / Organisational justice and cognitive function in middle-aged employees : The Whitehall II study. In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2012 ; Vol. 66, No. 6. pp. 552-556.
@article{8ded44c89333427fb1548d3f69dc5de4,
title = "Organisational justice and cognitive function in middle-aged employees: The Whitehall II study",
abstract = "Background Little is known about the role that work-related factors play in the decline of cognitive function. This study examined the association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function among middle-aged men and women. Methods Perceived organisational justice was measured at phases 1 (1985-8) and 2 (1989-90) of the Whitehall II study when the participants were 35-55 years old. Assessment of cognitive function at the screening clinic at phases 5 (1997-9) and 7 (2003-4) included the following tests in the screening clinic: memory, inductive reasoning (Alice Heim 4), vocabulary (Mill Hill), and verbal fluency (phonemic and semantic). Mean exposure to lower organisational justice at phases 1 and 2 in relation to cognitive function at phases 5 and 7 were analysed using linear regression analyses. The final sample included 4531 men and women. Results Lower mean levels of justice at phases 1 and 2 were associated with worse cognitive function in terms of memory, inductive reasoning, vocabulary and verbal fluency at both phases 5 and 7. These associations were independent of covariates, such as age, occupational grade, behavioural risks, depression, hypertension and job strain. Conclusions This study suggests an association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function. Further studies are needed to examine whether interventions designed to improve organisational justice would affect employees' cognition function favourably.",
author = "Marko Elovainio and Archana Singh-Manoux and Ferrie, {Jane E.} and Martin Shipley and David Gimeno and {De Vogli}, Roberto and Jussi Vahtera and Marianna Virtanen and Markus Jokela and Marmot, {Michael G.} and Mika Kivim{\"a}ki",
year = "2012",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1136/jech.2010.113407",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "66",
pages = "552--556",
journal = "Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health",
issn = "0143-005X",
publisher = "BMJ Publishing Group",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Organisational justice and cognitive function in middle-aged employees

T2 - The Whitehall II study

AU - Elovainio, Marko

AU - Singh-Manoux, Archana

AU - Ferrie, Jane E.

AU - Shipley, Martin

AU - Gimeno, David

AU - De Vogli, Roberto

AU - Vahtera, Jussi

AU - Virtanen, Marianna

AU - Jokela, Markus

AU - Marmot, Michael G.

AU - Kivimäki, Mika

PY - 2012/6

Y1 - 2012/6

N2 - Background Little is known about the role that work-related factors play in the decline of cognitive function. This study examined the association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function among middle-aged men and women. Methods Perceived organisational justice was measured at phases 1 (1985-8) and 2 (1989-90) of the Whitehall II study when the participants were 35-55 years old. Assessment of cognitive function at the screening clinic at phases 5 (1997-9) and 7 (2003-4) included the following tests in the screening clinic: memory, inductive reasoning (Alice Heim 4), vocabulary (Mill Hill), and verbal fluency (phonemic and semantic). Mean exposure to lower organisational justice at phases 1 and 2 in relation to cognitive function at phases 5 and 7 were analysed using linear regression analyses. The final sample included 4531 men and women. Results Lower mean levels of justice at phases 1 and 2 were associated with worse cognitive function in terms of memory, inductive reasoning, vocabulary and verbal fluency at both phases 5 and 7. These associations were independent of covariates, such as age, occupational grade, behavioural risks, depression, hypertension and job strain. Conclusions This study suggests an association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function. Further studies are needed to examine whether interventions designed to improve organisational justice would affect employees' cognition function favourably.

AB - Background Little is known about the role that work-related factors play in the decline of cognitive function. This study examined the association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function among middle-aged men and women. Methods Perceived organisational justice was measured at phases 1 (1985-8) and 2 (1989-90) of the Whitehall II study when the participants were 35-55 years old. Assessment of cognitive function at the screening clinic at phases 5 (1997-9) and 7 (2003-4) included the following tests in the screening clinic: memory, inductive reasoning (Alice Heim 4), vocabulary (Mill Hill), and verbal fluency (phonemic and semantic). Mean exposure to lower organisational justice at phases 1 and 2 in relation to cognitive function at phases 5 and 7 were analysed using linear regression analyses. The final sample included 4531 men and women. Results Lower mean levels of justice at phases 1 and 2 were associated with worse cognitive function in terms of memory, inductive reasoning, vocabulary and verbal fluency at both phases 5 and 7. These associations were independent of covariates, such as age, occupational grade, behavioural risks, depression, hypertension and job strain. Conclusions This study suggests an association between perceived organisational justice and cognitive function. Further studies are needed to examine whether interventions designed to improve organisational justice would affect employees' cognition function favourably.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84864006519&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84864006519&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1136/jech.2010.113407

DO - 10.1136/jech.2010.113407

M3 - Article

C2 - 21084589

AN - SCOPUS:84864006519

VL - 66

SP - 552

EP - 556

JO - Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

JF - Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

SN - 0143-005X

IS - 6

ER -