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Document ID (ISN)112397
CIS number 12-0158
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Morse T., Dussetschleger J., Warren N., Cherniack M.
Title Talking about health - Correction employees' assessments of obstacles to healthy living
Bibliographic information Sep. 2011, Vol.53, No.9, p.1037-1045. Illus. 51 ref.
Internet access Talking_about_health_[BUY_THIS_ARTICLE] [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to describe health risks and obstacles to health among correctional employees. It involved combining the results from four focus groups, 10 interviews, 335 surveys and 197 physical assessments. Obesity levels were higher than national averages (40.7% overweight and 43.3% obese), with higher levels associated with job tenure, male gender, and working off-shift. Despite widespread concern about the lack of fitness, leisure exercise was higher than national norms. Respondents had higher levels of hypertension than national norms, with 31% of men and 25.8% of women hypertensive compared with 17.1% and 15.1% for national norms. Stress levels were elevated. Officers related their stress to concerns about security, administrative requirements, and work/family imbalance. High stress levels are reflected in elevated levels of hypertension. Correctional employees are at high risk for chronic disease, and environmental changes are needed to reduce risk factors.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; physical fitness; prison services
Descriptors (secondary) USA; shift work; obesity; hypertension; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Psychology of work organization
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces