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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 160-165

Predictors of the work-related depressive symptoms among blue-collar male employees of an industrial unit in Iran

1 Department of Community Health, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences; Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran
2 Noncommunicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Population Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences; Department of Epidemiology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 NAHAJA Health Research Center, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Masoud Lotfizadeh
Department of Community Health, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_74_14

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Background and Aim: Possible associations between depressive symptoms and work-related parameters have frequently been discussed in the literature. The present study was aimed to evaluate the work-related depressive symptoms and their possible-related parameters among male employees of Esfahan Steel Company (ESCO) as one of the most important industrial sites in Iran. Materials and Methods: With a cross-sectional design and a stratified random sampling method in 2010, a total of 400 male employees were enrolled from the operational parts of the ESCO. Results: Among 400 participated employees, 245 (61.3%) were rotational duty employees and 358 (89.5%) were reported making <$500. After applying the linear regression model, some variables including: economic difficulties (P = 0.022, odds ratio [OR] = 0.558, 95% confidence interval [CI] =0.339–0.919), family-related problems (P = 0.003, OR = 0.303, 95% CI = 0.138–0.669), and work environment (P < 0.001, OR = 0.244, 95% CI = 0.140–0.426) were found to be significantly associated with higher depressive symptoms among the participants. Conclusion: The present study brought to light the predictors of occupational depressive symptoms among blue-collar employees of ESCO. More research is needed to find the causal relations between mental health and work-related parameters among Iranian employees.

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