Possible health-protecting effects of feeling useful to others on symptoms of depression and sleep disturbance in the workplace

Jiro Takaki, Akizumi Tsutsumi, Hirohiko Irimajiri, Asako Hayama, Yuri Hibino, Sakiko Kanbara, Noriko Sakano, Keiki Ogino

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Abstract

Possible Health-protecting Effects of Feeling Useful to Others on Symptoms of Depression and Sleep Disturbance in the Workplace: Jiro TAKAKI, et al. Department of Public Health, Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences-Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the health-protecting effects of feeling useful to others on symptoms of depression and sleep disturbance in the workplace, as well as its buffering effects on associations between stressful work environments and symptoms of depression and sleep disturbance. Methods: The subjects of this cross-sectional survey were 773 Japanese workers (response rate: 64.8%) of five organizations. Feelings of being useful to others were assessed with one simple question used in a previous study. Psychosocial work environment, sleep disturbance, and depressive symptoms were assessed using the Japanese versions of the Effort-Reward Imbalance Questionnaire, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and the 28-item General Health Questionnaire, respectively. We tested for linear and interactive effects with hierarchical regression analyses. Results: Feeling useful to others was significantly (p<0.05) and negatively associated with scores of depression and sleep disturbance both in the univariate analyses and after adjusting for age in both genders. Significant (p<0.05) interactions showed that, in both genders, as the effort-reward balance worsened, symptoms of depression increased, but feeling useful to others buffered the associations. Conclusions: The results support the notion that feeling useful to others in both genders in the workplace has possible health-protecting effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational Health
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2010

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Effort-reward imbalance
  • Feeling useful to others
  • Psychological stress
  • Sleep disorders
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Takaki, J., Tsutsumi, A., Irimajiri, H., Hayama, A., Hibino, Y., Kanbara, S., Sakano, N., & Ogino, K. (2010). Possible health-protecting effects of feeling useful to others on symptoms of depression and sleep disturbance in the workplace. Journal of Occupational Health, 52(5), 287-293. https://doi.org/10.1539/joh.O10001