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Construction workers struggle with a high prevalence of mental distress, and this is associated with their pain and injuries.

Authors
Jacobsen-HB; Caban-Martinez-A; Onyebeke-LC; Sorensen-G; Dennerlein-JT; Reme-SE
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Oct; 55(10):1197-1204
NIOSHTIC No.
20043365
Abstract
Objectives: We aimed to investigate how mental distress was associated with pain and injuries in a convenience sample of construction workers. Methods: A cross-sectional, mental health assessment was conducted in a convenience sample of construction workers (N = 172). A subsample participated in a clinical interview(n=10).We used a cutoff (1.50 or greater) on Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 to determine substantial mental distress and determined associations with pain and injury outcomes. Results: The prevalence of substantial mental distress was 16% in the workers. This was supported by follow-up clinical interviews where 9 of 10 workers fulfilled the criteria for a mental disorder. Substantial mental distress was associated with both injury rate and self-reported pain. Conclusion: This pilot study strongly suggests the need for rigorous studies on construction worker mental health and how it affects their work and well-being.
Keywords
Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-workers; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Mental-stress; Stress; Injuries; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Mental-health; Total-Worker-Health
Contact
Henrik Borsting Jacobsen, PsyD, Departments of Public Health and Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, NTNU, POBox 8905, MTFS, 7491Trondheim,Norway
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20131001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
henrik.b.jacobsen@ntnu.no
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861; M112013
Issue of Publication
10
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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