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Document ID (ISN)109089
CIS number 09-218
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kolstrup C., Lundqvist P., Pinzke P.
Title Psychosocial work environment among employed Swedish dairy and pig farmworkers
Bibliographic information 2008, Vol.13, No.1, p.23-36. 53 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychosocial work environment for dairy and pig farmworkers in southern Sweden and to identify potential risk factors for the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Thirty-seven workers on 10 dairy farms and 30 workers on 10 pig farms participated in the study. Data on self-perceived psychosocial work environment and MSDs were collected by means of questionnaires. In general, the psychosocial work environment was assessed as being good by both the dairy and pig farmworkers. However, the dairy and pig farmworkers experienced lower work demands, poorer general and mental health, and poorer vitality compared to other occupations. Furthermore, the results indicated that the quality of leadership and social support at work were poorer at the dairy farms than at the pig farms. No significant risk factors related to the psychosocial work environment were identified for MSDs of the back and upper extremities. The study suggests the probability that physical factors are more likely to lead to MSDs among employed livestock workers than factors related to the psychosocial work environment.
Descriptors (primary) livestock rearing; swine; social aspects; mental health; risk factors; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; questionnaire survey; psychology and sociology
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Livestock rearing
Animal hazards
Psychological factors