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Sense of Coherence (SOC) may reduce the effects of occupational stress on mental health status among Japanese factory workers.

Workers in a manufacturing industry
Mean age 45.1 (SD=12.0)
Self-administered questionnaires

Correlational analysis, Multiple regression analysis, T-test, X2-test
To examine if sense of coherence (SOC) can reduce the adverse effects of job stress on mental health status
SOC Scale
SOC-29 (Japanese version), 7-point Likert scale
Statistical data

N=740. Response rate 62.8 % = N=466 (Male=387, Female=79)

SOC mean 126.56 (SD=22.08), Cronbach’s α 0.91.  

Other measures:

Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ), General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12)

Main result

Both for males and females high GHQ was significantly associated with scores on WOC and JCQ job demand subscale, i.e. the mental status was adversely related to job demand whereas it was positively associated with SOC. Similarly, the mental health status was affected adversely by managerial work in males, whereas was positively in co-workers support in females. Thus, high SOC enables workers to cope with their job demand, which is a potent job stressor, indicating that SOC is an important factor determining their coping ability to job stress for both genders. Male managerial employees may cope with their strong job stress because of high SOC, protecting their mental health status. Social support seems also significant for prevention of mental well-being of female workers from work-related stressors.

Urakawa K., Yokoyama, K. Sense of Coherence (SOC) may reduce the effects of occupational stress on mental health status among Japanese factory workers. Industrial Health 2009; 47: 503-508.
Inserted: 14.12.2010 19:12:02
Updated: 27.06.2013 11:04:51