Recovery from mental ill health in an occupational setting: A cohort study in Japan

Yoshio Mino, Jun Shigemi, Toshihide Tsuda, Nobufumi Yasuda, Akira Babazono, Paul Bebbington

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Objectives: The purpose of this study is to clarify the degree of recovery from mental ill health in occupational settings and the nature of perceived job stress associated with recovery. Methods: A 1-year cohort study was carried out in 287 of 763 workers who scored 8 or more on the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-30), and the proportion recovering during the year was compared according to the presence of individual perceived job stress items. To control confounding factors, multiple logistic analysis was used. Results: Recovery from mental ill health was observed in 48.7% after the first 6 months and in 66.1% after 1 year. During the first 6-month period, no identified job stress item was associated with recovery. During the second 6- month period, however, the odds ratio (95% confidence interval) between recovery and the absence of perceived job stress was 4.2 (1.3-13.1) for 'Too much responsibility', even after controlling for sex, age, the degree of family life satisfaction, physical health state, and the initial GHQ score. Conclusion: Relief from excessive responsibility might promote recovery in mentally ill workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-71
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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