ULL- Metret fremtidens stressmålingsinstrument? En undersøgelse af Pressure Pain Sensitivity (PPS) som stressmålingsmetode

Morten Sjøgreen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This report takes a look at pressure pain sensitivity (PPS) as a new way of measuring stress. First of all a very short overview of stress research origin is summed up in an attempt to make it possible to make a framework for understanding stress and it’s components for use in the rest of the report. This is a necessity since the word “stress” has been overused in the last 80 years and now seems to hold a large array of meanings, and is worked with in different ways depending on the field you use it in. The framework is complemented by deciding on some unifying definitions for certain components of the stress process, for use in the report. The components listed and defined are; Stressors, allostatic load, appraisal, mediators, stimuli and moderators. Also a distinction is made between long-term and short-term stress, explaining how short-term stress can be a much more useful thing, than the more destructive long-term stress. The report then lists several of the major stress research fields, in an attempt to list some of the major existing stress measuring methods, spanning over both the psychological, physiological and the behavioral fields. A few measures from each field are then picked for validation purposes. The report then takes a look at the pressure pain technique (PPS), embodied in the ULL-meter solution. An attempt to prove/disprove the new method is made by recreating several of the research data in several controlled tests, comparing with the data provided from published materials, and borrowed data from ULL-Care about the method. A large walkthrough of the results ends up in a discussion of the usefulness of both the method in general and the ULL-meter solution itself. The report ends up in a discussion about the future field of stress measuring, with a focus on the usefulness and validity of the pressure pain techniques and the ULL-meter solution in general. It is concluded, that while the pressure pain technique might not be a definitive solution, it does bring something new and useful to the field, especially when it comes to the individual workers possibilities of self-help. It is however also concluded, that in its current state, there is just not enough information to fully validate the method. Future research into the method and ways of using it is hence recommended.

EducationsMSc in Human Resource Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2011
Number of pages114