PMID: 107422Mar 30, 1979

Stress in journalists (author's transl)

MMW, Münchener medizinische Wochenschrift
K Biener


The stress problems of 227 Swiss journalists with a mean age of 43 years (189 men) and 39 years (38 women) were recorded by means of questionnaires (76% returns). About 90% of all those questioned admitted suffering from stress at the present time. However 88% of the juniors and 96% of the seniors enjoy their work. 20% of all those questioned were anxious about their livelihood. 97% of the total live under pressure of deadlines, only one in 3 has regular working hours. Half the younger and two fifths of the older men admitted some form of family stress, usually in connection with their occupation. 76% of the younger and 70% of the older journalists questioned have a hobby. 70% of the juniors occasionally take exercise, as do 48% of the seniors. About 50% of both the men and women are smokers. The general state of health is stated to be good by 80% of younger and 70% of older subjects. A comparison of the results according to occupational stress, work stress, deadline stress, stress of livelihood, stress of recognition, family stress and stress to health shows that only a very differentiated manner of consideration is permissible.

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