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“I just kept running and running until I hit the wall"- Working men seeking care due to stress-related problems.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0282-2820
Sundbyberg Rehab and Fysioterapi Center, Sundbyberg, Sweden.
PhysioMind, Nacka, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9059-599X
2014 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 49, no 2, 297-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Stress problems are major public health problems.

OBJECTIVE: To gain an increased understanding of howworking men seeking care due to minor metal dysfunctions related to stress recognize their symptoms, what triggers them, and how this impacts their everyday life.

PARTICIPANTS: Fourteen men of working age, consecutively seeking care due to minor mental dysfunctions indicating stress problems, at two clinics in the Stockholm area in Sweden during 2009 and 2010.

METHODS: A qualitative methodology was chosen, and interviews were performed and analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: In the manifest content, categories such as difficulties in setting limits, low socialsupport, high work demands, and mental and physical dysfunctions were identified. Three themes finally emerged (latent content) and indicated that in this group of informants there are stressors both within the individual himself, in working life, and a lack of recovery.

CONCLUSIONS: Based on our findings it would be possible to implement measures to prevent stress-related problems by promoting coping strategies on an individual level, encouraging social networks, and regular physical exercise. By implementing work policies and workplace modifications, and also providing individual support at the workplace, supervisors and human resources managers could prevent, or modify stress problems among employees.

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2014. Vol. 49, no 2, 297-306 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24196DOI: 10.3233/WOR-131647ISI: 000344347900014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84907526555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-24196DiVA: diva2:687942
Available from: 2014-01-15 Created: 2014-01-15 Last updated: 2014-12-05Bibliographically approved

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