Czech Republic: New study investigates causes of stress among Czech workers

Results of a study on  'Stress, depression and life style in the Czech Republic' show that symptoms of depression, burnout and stress are relatively widespread among the Czech working population. One third of workers suffered, according to their subjective feeling, from burnout symptoms and the same proportion experienced mobbing at the workplace.

The Department of Psychiatry, First Faculty of Medicine at Charles University in Prague carried out a study on 'Stress, depression and life style in the Czech Republic' and first results are now available. The study focuses on mapping occurrences of the following phenomena: working stress, quality of lifestyle, attributes of depression and attributes of burnout syndrome among the Czech working population. The occurrence of depression and burnout syndrome was measured using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) and the Shirom-Melamed burnout measure (SMBM).

Of the 1,027 respondents, the vast majority of them were satisfied (84% very satisfied or rather satisfied) with their job. Nearly 40% of respondents identified their job as a primary source of long-term stress. Among the most often mentioned sources of work-related stress were contact with clients (63%) and pay remuneration (62%). A relatively significant cause of stress at work was mobbing, mentioned as a cause of stress in 32% of cases. Concerning burnout syndrome, 34% of respondents felt to be at a higher risk of burnout because of their work. Every fifth respondent reported specific symptoms of burnout.





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