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Occupational stressors, stress responses, and alcohol consumption among professional firefighters: a prospective, longitudinal analysis.

Authors
Murphy-SA; Beaton-RD; Pike-KC; Johnson-LC
Source
Int J Stress Manag 1999 Aug; 6(3):179-196
NIOSHTIC No.
20024543
Abstract
This dual-site longitudinal prospective study monitored and measured change in self-reported occupational stressors, emotional trauma, symptoms of stress, and alcohol consumption in urban firefighters. Study participants were 188 firefighters employed by two urban fire departments. The results showed that of 19 occupational stressors examined, only 5 (26%) changed significantly over time, and of those 5, only two-job skill concerns and concerns regarding reduction in force and benefits-decreased, reflecting less bothersome subjective ratings. Of the 12 measures of posttraumatic and other symptoms of stress, 9 (75%) increased significantly over time and none decreased significantly, whereas alcohol consumption was stable over time. Job stressors, trauma caseness, and stress response symptoms at baseline were strongly and significantly associated with the same measures at the two-year follow-up. The implications of the findings for prevention and remediation of stress disorders in fire service personnel are considered. It can be concluded that the stressful nature of urban firefighting is significantly associated with negative health outcomes, including the potential over reliance on alcohol use.
Keywords
Risk-factors; Stress; Fire-fighters; Fire-fighting; Fire-hazards; Hazardous-materials; Occupational-hazards; Sampling; Injuries; Occupational-exposure; Paramedical-services; Emergency-responders; Emergency-response; Traumatic-injuries; Stress; Humans
Contact
Shirley Murphy, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, Box 357263, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7263
CODEN
ISMAE8
Publication Date
19990801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
samurphy@u.washington.edu
Funding Amount
465232
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003198
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1072-5245
Source Name
International Journal of Stress Management
State
WA
Performing Organization
University of Washington, School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington
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