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Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia

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DUARTE, Lucas Có Barros  and  MORAES, Thiago Drumond. Mental health of psychologists working in primary health care services. Est. Inter. Psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.7, n.2, pp. 123-146. ISSN 2236-6407.

This study aimed to characterize the work of psychologists in primary health care and its effects on their health. The participants were 32 psychologists working in public health care services in the state of Espírito Santo. Participants responded to an online questionnaire consisting of the following instruments: JCQ, WHOQOL-BREF, SRQ-20; and sociodemographic questions. The results indicate that the psychologist's work in these areas is characterized as active work, however there was a high level of mental illness and poor quality of life among the participants. Also highlighted is a greater influence of psychological demands than the influence of control on workers' mental health. The dimension “control” does not seem to contribute positively to the health of workers as hypothesized by the theoretical model. Finally, strategies for improving these professionals’ work are indicated, focusing on the psychological demand.

Keywords : occupational health; working conditions; psychologist performance; public health services.

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