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Different Workplace-Related Strains and Different Workplace-Related Anxieties in Different Professions

Muschalla, Beate Dr phil; Linden, Michael Prof Dr med

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2013 - Volume 55 - Issue 8 - p 978–982
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182972f04
Original Articles

Objective: Similar to the spectrum of the traditional anxiety disorders, there are also different types of workplace-related anxieties. The question is whether in different professional settings different facets of workplace-related anxieties are predominant.

Methods: A convenience sample of 224 inpatients (71% women) from a department of psychosomatic medicine was investigated. They were assessed with a structured diagnostic interview concerning anxiety disorders and specific workplace-related anxieties.

Results: Office workers suffer relatively most often from specific social anxiety, insufficiency, and workplace phobia. Service workers suffer predominantly from unspecific social anxiety. Health care workers are characterized by insufficiency, adjustment disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and workplace phobia. Persons in production and education are least often affected by workplace-related anxieties.

Conclusions: Different types of anxiety are seen in different professional domains, parallel to workplace characteristics.

From the Research Group Psychosomatic Rehabilitation at the Charité University Medicine, Berlin, Germany.

Address correspondence to: Beate Muschalla, Dr phil, Research Group Psychosomatic Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Center Seehof, Lichterfelder Allee 55,14513 Teltow (

This research has been financially supported with a research grant by the German Pension Fund.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Michael Linden is employee in a clinic of the German Pension Fund.

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