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Document ID (ISN)107448
CIS number 07-1497
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cherry N.M., Chen Y., McDonald J.C.
Title Reported incidence and precipitating factors of work-related stress and mental ill-health in the United Kingdom (1996-2001)
Bibliographic information 2006, No.56, p.414-421. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to estimate the incidence of work-related stress and mental illness reported by occupational physicians and psychiatrists in the United Kingdom. Annual average incidence rates were calculated by sex, occupation and industry against appropriate populations at risk. For the period between 1996 and 2001, annual averages of 3624 new cases were reported by psychiatrists, and 2718 by occupational physicians. The rates were higher for men in reports based on the former and for women on the latter. Most diagnoses were of anxiety and depression or work-related stress, with post-traumatic stress accounting for around 10% of cases reported by psychiatrists. High rates of mental ill-health are observed among professional and associated workers and in those in personal and protective services. Factors (such as work overload) intrinsic to the job and issues with interpersonal relations were the most common causes overall.
Descriptors (primary) anxiety; psychology of work organization; frequency rates; stress factors; mental health
Descriptors (secondary) human relations; United Kingdom; occupation disease relation; depressive neurosis; traumatic neurosis; industrial physicians; mental workload; psychology and sociology; risk factors; sex-linked differences; medical examinations; work capacity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; United Kingdom
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors
Mental stress and burnout