OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate how mental distress was associated with pain and injuries in a convenience sample of construction workers. METHODS: A cross-sectional, mental health assessment was conducted in a convenience sample of construction workers (N = 172). A subsample participated in a clinical interview (n = 10). We used a cutoff (1.50 or greater) on Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 to determine substantial mental distress and determined associations with pain and injury outcomes. RESULTS: The prevalence of substantial mental distress was 16% in the workers. This was supported by follow-up clinical interviews where 9 of 10 workers fulfilled the criteria for a mental disorder. Substantial mental distress was associated with both injury rate and self-reported pain. CONCLUSION: This pilot study strongly suggests the need for rigorous studies on construction worker mental health and how it affects their work and well-being.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|State||Published - Oct 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health