Risk factors for psychiatric morbidity among bank workers in a northern city of Nigeria

A D Yussuf


Objective. To determine the prevalence of psychiatric morbidi- ty in bank workers in Ilorin, Nigeria, and the sociodemo- graphic and work-related factors that may be associated with poor psychological health.

Method. This cross-sectional two-staged study conducted between March and July 1999 involved screening using the 30-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-30), a socio- demographic questionnaire, the Present State Examination (PSE) schedule and diagnostic criteria from the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).

Data source. Bank workers in the three local government areas (west, east, and south) of Ilorin, a city in the middle belt of Nigeria.

Data analysis. Data were analysed using EpiInfo version 6.0. Frequency distribution, cross tabulation, and chi-square analy- ses were obtained. The level of statistical significance was set at 5%.

Result. Four hundred and thirty workers responded satisfactori- ly to the questionnaires (response rate 76%); 77 respondents (18%) were GHQ-positive and therefore had psychiatric mor- bidity. There was a significant association between psychiatric morbidity and age, gender, number of children, belonging to a social club, workload, promotion, and job status.

Conclusion. The implications of these findings are discussed and possible medical and administrative interventions advo- cated.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v11i2.102

Submitted: 07 August 2008
Published: 01 September 2005

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