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Table 1 Construction of psychosocial job stressors

From: The relationship between working conditions and self-rated health among medical doctors: evidence from seven waves of the Medicine In Australia Balancing Employment and Life (Mabel) survey

Construct name Items in the construct Cronbachs Alpha
Job demands • It is difficult to take time off when I want to (from 0 = Strongly Disagree to 4 = strongly agree);
• My patients have unrealistic expectations about how I can help them (from 0 = Strongly Disagree to 4 = strongly agree);
• The majority of my patients have complex health and social problems (from 0 = Strongly Disagree to 4 = strongly agree);
• There is enough time for me to do personal study (reverse coded so that 0 = Strongly Disagree to 4 = strongly agree).
0.58
Job control • Freedom to choose your own method of working (from 0 = Very Dissatisfied to 4 = Very Satisfied);
• Amount of variety in your work (from 0 = Very Dissatisfied to 4 = Very Satisfied)
• Amount of responsibility you are given (from 0 = Very Dissatisfied to 4 = Very Satisfied).
0.70
Social support at work • I have a poor support of network of other doctors like me (reverse coded so that 0 = Strongly Agree to 4 = Strongly Disagree). NA
Rewards at work • Recognition you get for good work (from 0 = Very Dissatisfied to 4 = Very Satisfied)
• Your remuneration (from 0 = Very Dissatisfied to 4 = Very Satisfied)
0.57
Unpredictable hours • The hours I work are unpredictable (0 = Strongly Disagree to 4 = strongly agree) NA
Work - life balance • The balance between my personal and professional commitments is about right (reverse coded so that 0 = Strongly Agree to 4 = strongly Disagree) NA
Family restrictions • I am restricted in my employment and/or the time and hours I work due to lack of available childcare (0 = Strongly Disagree to 4 = strongly agree). NA
Workplace aggression • Aggression from workplace co-workers (reverse coded so that 0 = Not at all to 4 = Frequently)
• Aggression from patients (reverse coded so that 0 = Not at all to 4 = Frequently)
• Aggression from relatives or carers of patients (reverse coded so that 0 = Not at all to 4 = Frequently)
0.76
Working hours • 35 to 40 h, 34 h or under, or 40 h or more