Health-relevant personality traits in relation to adherence to a web-based occupational health promotion and stress management intervention

Karin Villaume (Department of Learning Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) (Aerospace Medicine and Vestibular Research Laboratory (AMVRL), Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA) (Stress Clinic, Stockholm, Sweden)
Susanne Tafvelin (Department of Psychology, Umea University, Umea, Sweden)
Dan Hasson (Department of Learning Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) (Aerospace Medicine and Vestibular Research Laboratory (AMVRL), Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA) (Stress Clinic, Stockholm, Sweden)

International Journal of Workplace Health Management

ISSN: 1753-8351

Publication date: 4 June 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the possible associations between health-relevant personality traits and adherence; and if these traits predict adherence to a web-based occupational health intervention.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 563 participants were analyzed using the Health-relevant Personality Inventory. Adherence measures were: logins, utilization of self-help exercises and time spent logged in.

Findings

Higher levels of antagonism (a facet of agreeableness) and impulsivity (a facet of conscientiousness) correlated to fewer logins, and higher levels of negative affectivity (a facet of neuroticism) and impulsivity correlated to a higher utilization of self-help exercises. Alexithymia (a facet of openness) negatively predicted self-help exercise utilization and antagonism was a positive predictor. Negative affectivity was a positive predictor of time spent logged in to the intervention. There were sex-related differences in outcomes.

Originality/value

This is the first study to investigate health-relevant personality traits in relation to adherence to a web-based occupational health intervention. The practical implications are that intervention developers could benefit from taking personality into consideration to better understand and improve adherence.

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Citation

Villaume, K., Tafvelin, S. and Hasson, D. (2018), "Health-relevant personality traits in relation to adherence to a web-based occupational health promotion and stress management intervention", International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 143-158. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-11-2017-0092

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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