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Document ID (ISN)111756
CIS number 11-0359
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Park S.G., Kim H.C., Min J.Y., Hwang S.H., Park Y.S., Min K.B.
Title A prospective study of work stressors and the common cold
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.61, p.53-56. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract Psychological stress is considered to be a risk factor for infectious diseases. The objective of this prospective study was to investigate whether work-related stress affected the occurrence of the common cold in South Korean workers in small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies. It involved 1241 workers. At the outset, information regarding socio-demographic and work characteristics was collected. At follow-up after six months, the subjects were asked whether they had experienced common cold symptoms during the preceding four months. Male subjects experiencing stress at the outset were more likely to report having experienced the common cold at follow-up (odds ratios: high job demand group 1.74; insufficient job control 1.42; inadequate social support 1.40). For women, no significant association between work stress and occurrence of the common cold was detected.
Descriptors (primary) upper respiratory diseases; rhinitis; psychology of work organization; stress factors; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) Korea, Republic of; small enterprises; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Psychology of work organization