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The aim of this study was to evaluate the working conditions of employees in a local council as well as their possible relationships to health, particularly to psychosocial risks--an emerging occupational risk which causes physical and mental illness. Between November 2004 and October 2005, 919 employees were asked to fill out a self-administered questionnaire about their working conditions, their self-perceived health status, and sociodemographic characteristics. The exposure to psychosocial risk (job strain) was evaluated using the Job Content Questionnaire developed by Karasek. A total of 625 employees responded to the survey (participation rate = 68%). Their self-perceived health status was good overall, but the prevalence of job strain reached 22%, and was associated with an accrued frequency of work dissatisfaction, strong perception of stressful work and the desire and intent to change job positions.

Original publication

DOI

10.3917/spub.083.0099

Type

Journal article

Journal

Sante publique (Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France)

Publication Date

05/2008

Volume

20 Suppl 3

Pages

S99 - 107

Addresses

Observatoire Régional de la Santé, 34 rue des Planchettes, 21000 Dijon.

Keywords

Humans, Occupational Diseases, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Risk Factors, Cross-Sectional Studies, Stress, Psychological, Job Satisfaction, Health Status, Local Government, Adult, Middle Aged, Workplace, Occupations, France, Female, Male, Surveys and Questionnaires