ISSN 2586-0151 (Print)
ISSN 2586-0046 (Online)
Volume 14, Number 1 (1/2018)
Original Article <page. 7-13 >

Occupational Stress Associated with Disordered Eating Problem in Korean Female Employees

Jin-woo Kim, MD1;Sang-Won Jeon, MD, PhD1;Eun-Jin Kim, MD2;Dong-Won Shin, MD, PhD1;KangSeob Oh, MD, PhD1;Young-Chul Shin, MD, PhD1,2; and Se-Won Lim, MD, PhD1,2;

1;Department of Psychiatry, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, 2;Workplace Mental Health Institute, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea

Objective : To determine the association between occupational stress and disordered eating problem in Korean female employees.

Methods : We studied 1,452 female employees who attended mental health screenings. Using the Korean Occupational Stress Scale-Short Form (KOSS-SF) and 26-item Korean version of Eating Attitude Test, occupational stress and disordered eating problem were evaluated, respectively. Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of those with disordered eating problem were examined. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to determine which subscale of KOSS-SF was associated with disordered eating problem.

Results : Disordered eating problem was associated with interpersonal conflict [odds ratio (OR) 1.882, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.138-3.112] among various kinds of job stresses. Lack of reward (OR 7.164, 95% CI 1.139-45.043) and insufficient job control (OR 1.953, 95% CI 1.119-3.411) were associated with disordered eating problem in the underweight and normal weight group, respectively.

Conclusion : There is an association between occupational stress and disordered eating problem among Korean female employees.

Key words : Occupational stress;Eating problem;Female;Workplace mental health.

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