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The psychological effects of commuting in Dublin

Buckley, Finian and O'Regan, Brendan (2004) The psychological effects of commuting in Dublin. LInK Working Paper Series. (Paper No. 07-04). The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland.

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Abstract

The study involves an investigation of the problems that commuters in Dublin face everyday, and attempts to shed further light on our understanding of how individual differences (e.g., gender & perceived control) moderate the effects of commuting in terms of the individual's stress and mood outcomes. Four modes of transport were investigated; those who commuted to work by car, bus, train, and walking. The survey sample was 187 worker-commuters employed in a number of banks located in Dublin's IFSC. The study indicates that nearly 80% of respondents reported their daily commute as a stressful experience, those who travelled by train-Dart experienced highest levels of stress and most negative moods on reaching their workplace. They were followed by car and bus commuters with walkers reporting least stress and most positive moods. The level of experienced impedance impacted on levels of stress with commuters who had experienced a high impedance commute recording higher stress and more negative moods than those who had a less eventful commute. Some gender differences were also recorded.

Item Type:Working Paper (No. 07-04)
Refereed:No
Uncontrolled Keywords:Commuting; Work Stress; Mood; Dublin;
Subjects:Business > Personnel management
Business > Workplace stress
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Research Initiatives and Centres > LInK: The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre > LInK Working Paper Series
Publisher:The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge Research Centre, Dublin City University
Copyright Information:© 2004, LInK, Brendan O’Regan and Finian Buckley
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:2407
Deposited On:19 Feb 2009 14:12 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 19 Feb 2009 14:12

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