TITLE

Identification of Population Groups at Very High Risk for Frequent Perception of Stress in Slovenia

AUTHOR(S)
Zaletel-Kragelj, Lijana; Pahor, Majda; Bilban, Marjan
PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Croatian Medical Journal;2005, Vol. 46 Issue 1, p137
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Aim: To identify population groups at very high risk for frequent perception of stress and thus enable more focused planning of prevention actions in Slovenia. Methods: Data originate from the national survey carried out in 2001 on health behavior of 15,379 adults aged 25-64. The overall response rate of the mailed questionnaire was 64%, with 9,043 questionnaires eligible for analysis. Binary multiple logistic regression was used to determine the impact of gender, age, education, employment, self-assessed social class, type of residence community, and geographical region on the prevalence of frequent stress perception. Results: The highest odds for stress were registered in women (ORwomen vs men=1.39, P<0.001), aged 40-49 years (OR40-49 vs 30-39=1.18, p=0.017; OR50-59 vs 40-49=0.73, P<0.001), participants with the lowest (ORprimary vs uncompleted primary education=0.72, P=0.008) and the highest education levels (ORcollege or higher vs secondary education=1.26, P=0.022), unemployed participants (ORunemployed vs housekeepers/students=1.80, P=0.001), and administrative/intellectual employees (ORadministrative/intellectual employees vs housekeepers/students=1.75, P=0.001), participants self-classified in the lowest social class (ORlabor vs lower=0.50, P<0.001), residents from urban and suburban communities (ORrural vs suburban/urban residence community=0.86, P=0.037), and participants from the Eastern geographical region of Slovenia (OREastern vs Western=1.12, P=0.097). Conclusion: In Slovenia, employed women, aged 40-49, with at least college education level were identified as the largest population sub-group at very high risk for frequent stress perception with at least minor difficulties in coping with these feelings, requiring specific public health measures to be introduced in this group.
ACCESSION #
17268807

 

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