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The aim of this study was to evaluate the working conditions of employees in a local council as well as their possible relationships to health, particularly to psychosocial risks--an emerging occupational risk which causes physical and mental illness. Between November 2004 and October 2005, 919 employees were asked to fill out a self-administered questionnaire about their working conditions, their self-perceived health status, and sociodemographic characteristics. The exposure to psychosocial risk (job strain) was evaluated using the Job Content Questionnaire developed by Karasek. A total of 625 employees responded to the survey (participation rate = 68%). Their self-perceived health status was good overall, but the prevalence of job strain reached 22%, and was associated with an accrued frequency of work dissatisfaction, strong perception of stressful work and the desire and intent to change job positions.

Original publication




Journal article


Sante Publique

Publication Date



20 Suppl 3


S99 - 107


Adult, Cross-Sectional Studies, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Female, France, Health Status, Humans, Job Satisfaction, Local Government, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Diseases, Occupations, Risk Factors, Stress, Psychological, Surveys and Questionnaires, Workplace