Career satisfaction level, mental distress, and gender differences in working conditions among Japanese obstetricians and gynecologists
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research © 2012 Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 550–558, March 2012
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Sugiura-Ogasawara, M., Suzuki, S., Kitazawa, M., Kuwae, C., Sawa, R., Shimizu, Y., Takeshita, T., Yoshimura, Y. and for the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Career Support Committee (2012), Career satisfaction level, mental distress, and gender differences in working conditions among Japanese obstetricians and gynecologists. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, 38: 550–558. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01765.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2012
- Received: February 3 2011.; Accepted: July 17 2011.
- career satisfaction;
- mental distress;
Aim: Career satisfaction level, degree of mental distress associated with certain work-related factors, and demographics were examined for the first time in obstetricians and gynecologists in Japan.
Material and Methods: Associations between the score on Kessler 6 screening scale, or the job satisfaction level, and the scores on the job content questionnaire, Social Support Questionnaire (SSQ), working conditions and demographics were examined in 1301 members of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Results: 8.4% of respondents were speculated to suffer from depression or anxiety disorder. Multivariate linear regression analysis identified a heavier workload, less personal control, lower satisfaction on the SSQ, and longer working hours as being independent risk factors for mental distress.
Conclusion: Careful monitoring of the mental state is necessary for obstetricians and gynecologists with lower incomes, heavier workloads, lower degrees of personal control, and lower satisfaction scores on the SSQ.