Stress at work and in private life


Health consequences of work-related risk factors cannot be understood independently of our general life circumstances, and theoretical models of stress, health and well-being suggest that challenges from various domains of life need to be considered in concert. The accumulation and interaction of work and life challenges are likely to provide a more relevant measure of exposure than each individual challenge considered separately. However, most of the existing literature on psychosocial exposures at workplace has considered work factors in isolation, without taking into account a more general life context. The goal of our research program is to consider joint effects of psychosocial stress at work and psychosocial factors outside work, such as social relations, socio-economic position, caregiving and major events in the family. We are interested in how work factors interact with factors in private life to predict psychological and physical well-being, health behaviors, long-term risks of major chronic diseases and labor market participation.


We use the data from established large-scale European cohort studies: Whitehall II (England), GAZEL (France), Finnish Public Sector Study (Finland), SLOSH (Sweden), Copenhagen Ageing and Midlife Biobank, including the Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health and Metropolit cohort (Denmark) and the Danish Work and Environment cohort.

Contact person: Naja Hulvej Rod (