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Vacations improve mental health among rural women: the Wisconsin Rural Women's Health Study.

Authors
Chikani-V; Reding-D; Gunderson-P; McCarty-CA
Source
WMJ 2005 Aug; 104(6):20-23
NIOSHTIC No.
20028887
Abstract
Objective: To compare psychological stress, quality of marital life, and disruptive homelife due to work among rural women of central Wisconsin who take vacations frequently and those who do not. Methods: Women were recruited from 1996 to 2001 for a prospective cohort study from the Marshfield Epidemiologic Study area, a geographic area in central Wisconsin. Stratified sampling was used to select a random sample of 1500 farm and non-farm resident women. Results: The odds of depression and tension were higher among women who took vacations only once in 2 years (Depression: OR=1.92, 95%CI=1.2, 3.0; Tension: OR=1.7, 95%CI=1.2, 2.3) or once in 6 years (Depression: OR=1.97, 95%CI=1.2, 3.2; Tension: OR=1.9, 95%CI=1.3, 2.8) compared to women who took vacations twice or more per year. The odds of marital satisfaction decreased as the frequency of vacations decreased. Conclusion: Women who take vacations frequently are less likely to become tense, depressed, or tired, and are more satisfied with their marriage. These personal psychological benefits that lead to increased quality of life may also lead to improved work performance.
Keywords
Worker-health; Women; Mental-health; Job-stress; Psychological-stress; Work-performance; Farmers; Region-5; Epidemiology
Contact
Vatsal Chikani, BHMS, MPH, Research and Statistical Analysis Chief, 150 N 18th Ave, Ste 330, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Publication Date
20050801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
chikanv@azdhs.gov
Funding Amount
983051
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-507126
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
1098-1861
Source Name
Wisconsin Medical Journal
State
WI; AZ
Performing Organization
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation, Marshfield, Wisconsin
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