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Construction workers struggle with a high prevalence of mental distress, and this is associated with their pain and injuries.
Jacobsen HB; Caban-Martinez A; Onyebeke LC; Sorensen G; Dennerlein JT; Reme SE
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Oct; 55(10):1197-1204
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.
Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-workers; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Mental-stress; Stress; Injuries; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Mental-health; Total-Worker-Health
Henrik Borsting Jacobsen, PsyD, Departments of Public Health and Circulation and Medical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, NTNU, POBox 8905, MTFS, 7491Trondheim,Norway
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
Page last reviewed: May 29, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division