The role of employee psychological well-being in cardiovascular health: when the twain shall meet
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Special Issue: The Emerging Positive Agenda
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 193–208, February 2009
How to Cite
Wright, T. A., Cropanzano, R., Bonett, D. G. and Diamond, W. J. (2009), The role of employee psychological well-being in cardiovascular health: when the twain shall meet. J. Organiz. Behav., 30: 193–208. doi: 10.1002/job.592
- Issue published online: 29 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 NOV 2008
Consistent with the emerging positive agenda in organizations, the present research examines the role of psychological well-being (PWB) in predicting employee cardiovascular health. We tested this possibility in a sample of 113 supervisory level personnel employed by a medium-sized (500 employees) public sector organization in California. More specifically, while neither diastolic blood pressure (DBP) (r = .09, ns, 95%CI = −0.11 to 0.28) or systolic blood pressure (SBP) (r = −.11, ns, 95%CI = −0.30 to 0.09) were related to PWB, two composite cardiovascular measures, pulse pressure (r = −.21, p < .05, 95%CI = −0.39 to −0.02) and pulse product (r = −.27, p < .01, 95%CI = −0.44 to −0.08) were related to PWB. In addition, regression analysis found PWB to be predictive of the composite cardiovascular health measure of pulse product (ΔR2 = 0.04, p < .05), but not pulse pressure, after controlling for age, gender, employee smoking behavior, education level, ethnicity, weight, job satisfaction, and anxiety. Research implications and further suggestions for organizational scholars interested in employee health and betterment are introduced. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.