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Perceived stress among Malaysian railway workers

Radman Al-Dubai, Sami Abdo and Ganasegeran, Kurubaran and Elkalmi, Ramadan Mohamed Mahmod and Alshakka, Mohammed and Ghanem, Nizar (2016) Perceived stress among Malaysian railway workers. The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 23 (5). pp. 38-43. ISSN 1394-195X

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Abstract

Background: Stress is a common work-related problem worldwide. Railway workers are predominantly stressed due to their rigid protocols and limited rest opportunities. This study aimed to determine the level of, and factors associated with, stress among railway workers in Malaysia. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among all 729 railway workers employed at Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) in eight states in Malaysia via a postal survey. The selfadministered questionnaire consisted of socio-demographic characteristics and the validated Malay version of Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10). Response rate was 70.4% (513/729). Results: Mean (SD) age of workers was 41.4 (10.7), with the majority aged 30 years or older (79.3%). Mean (SD) perceived stress was 18.8 (4.3). In multiple linear regression analysis, the significant predictors of high stress were high school versus tertiary education (β = 0.10, 95% CI 0.11, 1.73, P = 0.027) and being a white collar worker versus blue collar (β = 0.113, 95% CI 0.10, 1.74, P = 0.010). Conclusions: Education level and type of work were significantly associated with perceived stress among railway workers in this study.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6718/52177
Uncontrolled Keywords: mental health, occupational health, transportation, workers, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: Dr. RAMADAN ELKALMI
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2016 15:51
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 09:30
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52177

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