Occupational stress and its associated factors among academician in a research university, Malaysia

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The prevalence of occupational stress among academician is increasing in developed and developing countries. The job is not only to teach, but also involve in doing research, publications, consultation and administrative work. This study aims to assess the prevalence of occupational stress among academic staff in a research university and to investigate the association and correlation between stress and job factors which are career development, research, teaching and interpersonal relationship. One research university in Malaysia was selected randomly. A cross-sectional study was conducted and the respondents were recruited by using a randomized stratified sampling method. A total of 380 self-administered and validated Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) and Stress Sources Questionnaires (SSQ) were distributed among academic staff between March to May 2012. The statistical analyses used were χ2, independent-t test and Pearson Correlation. Response rate was 81.1%. Stress prevalence was 22.1%. All socio-demographic factors showed no association with stress except ethnic group. Teaching, research and career development had significant association with stress among academic staff (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-91
Number of pages11
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Ethnic Groups
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Referral and Consultation
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Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Academic staff
  • Career development
  • Interpersonal relationship
  • Job stress
  • Lecturer
  • Occupational stress
  • Research
  • Research university
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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