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 ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-113

Association of quality of life and job stress in occupational workforce of India: Findings from a cross-sectional study on software professionals


1 Public Health Foundation of India, Bengaluru, Karnataka, Indi; Department of Epidemiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
2 Department of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Epidemiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
4 Bihar Technical Support Program, CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development, Patna, Bihar, India
5 Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG7 2TU, UK
6 Hergest Unit, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, North Wales; Abraham Cowley Unit, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust, Chertsey, UK

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Giridhara R Babu
Public Health Foundation of India, IIPH-H, Bangalore Campus, SIHFW Premises, Beside Leprosy Hospital, 1st Cross, Magadi Road, Bengaluru - 560 023, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.197544

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Background: There is limited scientific evidence on the relationship of job stress with quality of life (QoL). Purpose: This study aims to explore different domains of job stress affecting IT/ITES professionals and estimate the levels of stress that these professionals endure to reach positive levels of QoL given that other determinants operating between these two variables are accounted for. Materials and Methods: We estimated levels of stress that software professionals would have endured to reach positive levels of QoL considering that other factors operating between these two variables are accounted for. The study participants comprised 1071 software professionals who were recruited using a mixed sampling method. Participants answered a self-administered questionnaire containing questions on job stress, QoL, and confounders. Results: All the domains (physical, psychological, social, and environmental) of QoL showed statistically significant positive associations with increasing stress domains of autonomy, physical infrastructure, work environment, and emotional factors. Conclusions: The respondents clearly found the trade-off of higher stress to be acceptable for the improved QoL they enjoyed. It is also possible that stress might actually be responsible for improvements in QoL either directly or through mediation of variables such as personal values and aspirations. "Yerkes-Dodson law" and stress appraisal models of Folkman and Lazarus may explain the plausible positive association.






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