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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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BARBOSA, Silvânia da Cruz; MELO, Rômulo Lustosa P. de; MEDEIROS, Maria Udijaira Fernandes de  e  VASCONCELOS, Thaissa Machado. Profile of psychological well-being in urban sanitation professionals. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2010, vol.10, n.2, pp. 54-66. ISSN 1984-6657.

The objective of this research was to trace a profile of psychological well-being in urban sanitation professionals in the City of Campina Grande (PB), taking as a base the five dimensions of mental health proposed in Peter Warr's ecological model (namely; affective well-being, personal competence, aspiration, autonomy, and integrated functioning). This is an exploratory and descriptive study, in which 170 professionals participated, corresponding to a sample of 30.3% of the total workers. The data were collected using the following instruments: the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), the Scale of Positive and Negative Affects, and the Scale of Aspiration. The empirical factors of those scales were then used to evaluate each of the aforementioned dimensions, and to make a socio- demographic profile. The results identified four groups with the following psychological well-being profiles: Unstable, Anxious, Satisfactory, Level-headed, where men tended to have more psychological well-being (Level-headed and Satisfactory profiles) than women (Anxious). It was possible to conclude from the results that psychological wellbeing was maintained in the majority of the individuals of the sample, but 31% of the sample exhibited signs of stress, which should serve to signal the necessity for measures in terms of emotional well-being balance

Palavras-chave : mental health; psychological well-being; work; ecological model.

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