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Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2006 Dec;18(4):327-338. Korean. Original Article.
Lim HY , Kim HS , Choi YH , Chang SH , Lee KS , Choi KJ , Oh WK , Choi JW , Jeoung CH .
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate School of Public Health, Korea University, Korea.
Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Konkuk University, Korea.
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chungju Hospital, Konkuk University Medical Center, Korea.
Department of Health and Safety Engineering, Semyung University, Korea.

OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to examine the relationship between community-based social support and psychosocial distress in workers. METHODS: The study subjects were 596 workers recruited from 11 companies in Chungju city. A structured questionnaire was used to assess sociodemographics, health-related behaviors, job characteristics, job stress, work-based social support, community-based social support and level of psychosocial distress. RESULTS: Hierarchical multiple regression analysis showed that workers with no chronic disease, exercise and sufficient sleep had a higher score of psychosocial distress than those with chronic disease, no exercise, and not enough sleep. Coworker's work-based social support and community-based social support were negatively associated with psychosocial distress. The R square value of total independent variables on psychosocial distress was 0.409, and that of community-based social support on psychosocial distress was 0.052. CONCLUSION: This study showed that community-based social support served as a protective factor against psychosocial distress in some workers. We recommend the establishment of a worksite stress reduction program in occupational level as well as community-based social support.

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