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Document ID (ISN)112393
CIS number 12-0154
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Carey M.G., Al-Zaiti S.S., Dean G.E., Sessanna L., Finnell D.S.
Title Sleep problems, depression, substance use, social bonding, and quality of life in professional firefighters
Bibliographic information Aug. 2011, Vol.53, No.8, p.928-933. Illus. 31 ref.
Internet access Sleep_problems_[BUY_THIS_ARTICLE] [in English]
Abstract Little attention has been given to factors contributing to firefighters' well-being. The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine such contributing factors in a sample of 112 professional firefighters. Overall, many firefighters reported sleep deprivation (59%), binge drinking behavior (58%), poor mental well-being (21%), current nicotine use (20%), hazardous drinking behavior (14%), depression (11%), poor physical well-being (8%), caffeine overuse (5%) and poor social bonding (4%). Small-to-medium correlations were identified between sleep deprivation, depression, physical/mental well-being and drinking behaviors. High-risk behaviors that impact psychosomatic well-being are prevalent in professional firefighters, which require environmental and individual-based health promotion interventions.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; fire fighting; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) alcoholism; smoking; sleep disturbances; human relations; mental health; social aspects
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Mental health
Psychology of work organization