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Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2006 Dec;18(4):327-338. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.35371/kjoem.2006.18.4.327
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. mubul@kku.ac.kr
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chungju Hospital, Konkuk University Medical Center, Korea.
Department of Health and Safety Engineering, Semyung University, Korea.
Abstract

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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