207243 Work stress and well-being among mongolian civil servants

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sugarmaa Myagmarjav , School of Public Health, Department of Social Science and Humanities, Health Sciences University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Learning Objectives:
Background: A number of studies demonstrated that an adverse psychosocial work environment is associated with less favourable well-being and health outcomes. However these studies are mainly based on samples from developed western or rapidly developing countries. Whether similar results are found in post-communist societies in transition, such as Mongolia is still unclear. We study this question in a Mongolian sample of civil servants using two established two established work stress models, demand-control and effort-reward imbalance. Methods: The analyses are based on a sample of civil servants in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (n=315). The psychosocial work environment was measured by original scales of the two models. Two indicators of well-being were used: self-reported health and depression (CES-D). In addition, socio-demographic and socio-economic variables were included. Following descriptive analyses multivariate logistic regressions models were estimated. Results: Having assessed psychometric properties of the Mongolian version of the work stress scales, findings demonstrate for each model poorer well-being in the presence of work stress. However, when testing the two models simultaneously, significant odds ratios (OR) are observed for effort-reward imbalance only, with OR for self-rated health = 2.81 and OR for depressive symptoms = 2.51. Conclusion: These preliminary results indicate that the two work stress models can be applied to a working population of Mongolia.

Keywords: Occupational Health, Occupational Health

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