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Work stress among six professional groups: A comparison

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Professionals are generally perceived as a distinguished class of workers who serve public needs, enjoy considerable prestige and job autonomy and are thus shielded from stressful work situations that are common to non-professional workers, such as excessive job pressure, task monotony and lack of job control. To examine the influence of professionalisation and bureaucratisation on the quality of work life, this chapter compareS the experience of work stress, work satisfaction and mental health among workers in six types of professions in Singapore: physicians, lawyers, engineers, life insurance agents, nurses and teachers. It discusses the work conditions of the professionals in the Singapore context, and describes the data and methods for analysis. The analysis was based on 2,589 workers from six professional groups: medical doctors, engineers, life insurance agents, lawyers, nurses and teachers.

Keywords: life insurance agents; mental health; professional groups; work stress



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