Quale rischio di patologia psichiatrica per la categoria professionale degli insegnanti?

Translated title of the contribution: Is there any correlation between psychiatric disease and the teaching profession?

V. Lodolo D'Oria, Francesca Pecori Giraldi, M. Della Torre, A. Iossa Fasano, Franca Vizzi, S. Fontani, A. Vitello, Susanna Cantoni, Angela Pascale, P. Frigoli

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Background: Some professional categories are at risk for burnout aue to job-related stressors. Burnout is charactertzied by physical ana emotional exhaustion, apathy, cynical attitude, low personal accomplishment and reduced self-control. Several studies on occupational stress have demonstrated that burnout has a strong impact on certain professions and in particular on teachers. Objectives: The purpose of the study was to highlight and compare differences among clinical disorders diagnosed in four different classes of workers in the Public Administration sector, with particular focus on jobrelated and mental disorders. Materials and methods: Based on the data collected in 3.447 medical examinations, performed by the Milan Health District from January 1992 to December 2003, in order to assess work fitness, researchers compared four categories of state employees (teachers, clerks, health care professionals and blue collars). Results: The findings revealed that the risk of teachers to develop psychiatric disorders is 2-, 2.5-, and 3-fold higher than that of clerks, health care professionals and blue collars, respectively. Age or sex did not represent a confounding factor for increased rate of psychiatric disorders. Interestingly, teachers also presented an approximately 1.5-2 fold higher risk of developing neoplasms, compared with clerks and blue collars. Conclusions: The increased prevalence of psychiatric disorders among teachers that was detected in this cohort of state employees applying for a disability pension is striking and warrants further investigation. This finding points to the need for job-related interventions aimed at preventing teachers' psychiatric disorders, a multidimensional issue which requires active debate among institutions, unions, school authorities, the scientific community, professional associations and, last but not least, students and their families.

Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)339-353
Number of pages15
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Volume95
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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Psychiatry
Teaching
Delivery of Health Care
Apathy
Pensions
Public Sector
Mental Disorders
Research Personnel
Students
Health
Neoplasms

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D'Oria, V. L., Giraldi, F. P., Della Torre, M., Fasano, A. I., Vizzi, F., Fontani, S., ... Frigoli, P. (2004). Quale rischio di patologia psichiatrica per la categoria professionale degli insegnanti? Medicina del Lavoro, 95(5), 339-353.

Quale rischio di patologia psichiatrica per la categoria professionale degli insegnanti? / D'Oria, V. Lodolo; Giraldi, Francesca Pecori; Della Torre, M.; Fasano, A. Iossa; Vizzi, Franca; Fontani, S.; Vitello, A.; Cantoni, Susanna; Pascale, Angela; Frigoli, P.

In: Medicina del Lavoro, Vol. 95, No. 5, 09.2004, p. 339-353.

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D'Oria, VL, Giraldi, FP, Della Torre, M, Fasano, AI, Vizzi, F, Fontani, S, Vitello, A, Cantoni, S, Pascale, A & Frigoli, P 2004, 'Quale rischio di patologia psichiatrica per la categoria professionale degli insegnanti?', Medicina del Lavoro, vol. 95, no. 5, pp. 339-353.
D'Oria VL, Giraldi FP, Della Torre M, Fasano AI, Vizzi F, Fontani S et al. Quale rischio di patologia psichiatrica per la categoria professionale degli insegnanti? Medicina del Lavoro. 2004 Sep;95(5):339-353.
D'Oria, V. Lodolo ; Giraldi, Francesca Pecori ; Della Torre, M. ; Fasano, A. Iossa ; Vizzi, Franca ; Fontani, S. ; Vitello, A. ; Cantoni, Susanna ; Pascale, Angela ; Frigoli, P. / Quale rischio di patologia psichiatrica per la categoria professionale degli insegnanti?. In: Medicina del Lavoro. 2004 ; Vol. 95, No. 5. pp. 339-353.
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