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Alavi S, Mehrded R, Makarem J. Office workers’Mental health and job strain . tkj. 2015; 7 (2) :32-43
URL: http://tkj.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-481-en.html
Cetret for Research on Occupational Diseases , alavi@tums.ac.ir
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Introduction:The workplace is considered a strategic location for physical, social and especially mental health promotion. Mental healthdisorders and job stress or strain, each,can cussesindividual injuriesand reduce in organizationalperformance. This study was designed and performed to determine association between mental health and job strain among office workers who were working in Qom province. Methods: During a cross-sectional study we evaluated 1500 office workers in Qom Province using multi-stage cluster sampling. Data were collected by questionnaires including General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) and job content Questionnaire (JCQ) to assess mental health and job strain in study population. Results:According to the GHQ‑28 scores, 17.1% of study populations were suspected to mental health disorders in four subscales including 12.8% in Somatic symptoms, 13% in anxiety/insomnia, 7% in social dysfunction and 16% in severe depression. Job strain in 28% of office workers was classified as high, 26.6% passive, 23.7% active and in 21.7% was low strain. Most of people with mental health disorders had high job strain. Conclusions: Near one sixth of office workers were suspected to mental health disorders. Most of people had high or passive job strain that both considered as undesirable and employees with low job strain had better mental health.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: occupational medicine
Received: 2014/05/3 | Accepted: 2015/09/18 | Published: 2015/09/18

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