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Are Anganwadi workers healthy and happy? A cross sectional study using General health Questionnaire (GHQ 12) from Mangalore, India.

*, Mohanan P and Jain , A and Kotian , M S and *, Vinay NK (2012) Are Anganwadi workers healthy and happy? A cross sectional study using General health Questionnaire (GHQ 12) from Mangalore, India. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 6 (7). pp. 1151-1154. ISSN 0973-709X

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Abstract

Background: Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) are the implement¬ers of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). It is impor¬tant to obtain the worker’s viewpoints on their job-description, the problems they face and the levels of stress that they encoun¬ter, to address the quality of their services. The stressed AWWs are likely to be unhealthy, poorly motivated, less productive and less efficient in implementing the ICDS scheme. Thus, there is a need to evaluate the stress levels among the anganwadi work¬ers and to understand the factors that influence the stress in this class of the population. This study was planned to study the stress among the anganwadi workers and the factors that are related to the stress. Method: This was a cross sectional study which was done on 82 anganwadi workers of Mangalore by using a General Health questionnaire (GHQ – 12). Results: As their mean age increased, more was the stress which was experienced by them. The BMI, hypertension, self-re¬ported sleep disturbance, eye strain and the perceived gastritis were related to stress and these were statistically significant.The workers were stressed to different levels due to an inadequate supply of the ICDS food resources (P=0.042). Overall, the an¬ganwadi workers experienced stress due to their work. Conclusion: There was stress and dissatisfaction among the AWWs who were studied. An improvement in their remunera¬tion; a clear career path and an improved administration are also required for the better work efficiency of the anganwadi workers. There is a need to ensure both the physical and the psychologi¬cal wellbeing of the workers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: (Suppl)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health care workers infection control, prevention, hospital acquired infections.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012 06:55
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2012 06:55
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/77473

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