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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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CARLOTTO, Mary Sandra; BARCINSKI, Mariana  and  FONSECA, Rosália. Common mental disorders and its association with sociodemographic variables and occupational stressors: a gender analysis. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.3, pp. 1006-1026. ISSN 1808-4281.

This study aimed at investigating the prevalence of common mental disorders (CMD) in public servants of the State Court, as well as to verify the associations between sociodemographic variables and occupational stressors among men and women. The random sample was composed by 541 public servants, 354 women and 187 men, working in an institution of the Judiciary in Rio Grande do Sul, in 2011. The adopted instruments were the Self Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20), to evaluate common mental disorders and a questionnaire composed by items containing sociodemographic, work and occupational stressors data. Results showed that women present a higher prevalence of CMD. Regarding the relationship between sociodemographic variables and occupational stressors, according to sex, there is a relation with both working time and the following stressors: workload, work diversity, work complexity, and the relationship with bosses, colleagues, and social environment. The data were discussed from the understanding of contemporary work market, and its interface with gender relations. The results point to the need of distinct interventions with the researched groups.

Keywords : common mental disorders; occupational stress; gender.

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