Australian study on depression

A new Australian study finds that almost one in six cases of depression among working people are caused by job stress.

The University of Melbourne study concentrated on the state of Victoria, the smallest and most densely populated of the mainland states in Australia. Scientists analyzed job stress data collected from a 2003 survey of 1,100 workers and compared the findings to a national database.

Researchers discovered working women and individuals working in lower skill occupations were especially at risk for job site depression.

The study, led by Associate Professor Tony LaMontagne was published in the international journal BMC Public Health.

posted 8/31/08

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