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Document ID (ISN)110977
CIS number 10-0509
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Arial M., Gonik V., Wild P., Danuser B.
Title Association of work related chronic stressors and psychiatric symptoms in a Swiss sample of police officers; a cross-sectional questionnaire study
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.83, No.3, p.323-331. 34 ref.
Abstract The objectives of this cross-sectional study were to identify work-related stressors associated with psychiatric symptoms in a Swiss sample of policemen and to develop a model for identifying officers at risk for developing mental health problems. A total of 354 male police officers answered a questionnaire assessing a wide spectrum of work related stressors. Psychiatric symptoms were assessed using the "TST questionnaire". Logistic regression with backward procedure was used to identify a set of variables collectively associated with high scores for psychiatric symptoms. A total of 42 (11.9%) officers had a high score for psychiatric symptoms. All potential stressors considered (lack of support, self perception of bad quality work, inadequate work schedule, high mental/intellectual demands, age and physical environment) were significantly associated with a high score for psychiatric symptoms. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Switzerland; psychology of work organization; mental health; male workers; police forces; stress factors; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) conditions of work; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; statistical evaluation; age-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces