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Percieved occupational stress and its influences on the mental health of radiography and medical laboratory science lecturers in tertiary institutions in Nigeria

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Michael Promise Ogolodom ,
Michael Promise Ogolodom

Department of Radiography, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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Jennifer Ifeoma Okafor ,
Jennifer Ifeoma Okafor

Department of Radiography and Radiological Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Anambra State, Nigeria.

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Awajimijan Nathaniel Mbaba ,
Awajimijan Nathaniel Mbaba

Department of Radiology, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Clement U. Nyenke ,
Clement U. Nyenke

Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

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Elizabeth O. Balogun ,
Elizabeth O. Balogun

Department of Radiography and Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Oyo State, Ibadan, Nigeria

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Misael Ron ,
Misael Ron

University of Carabobo, Venezuela.

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Nwamaka Chizube Ikegwuonu ,
Nwamaka Chizube Ikegwuonu

Department of Radiology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria

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Egop Egop Brownson ,
Egop Egop Brownson

Department of Radiology, Rivers State Government House Clinics, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Maureen Dike Frank ,
Maureen Dike Frank

Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Helen Wema ,
Helen Wema

Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Inwang Edet Usoro ,
Inwang Edet Usoro

Department of Medical Radiography and Radiation Sciences, College of Medicine, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria.

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Tamunobelema Dikibo ,
Tamunobelema Dikibo

Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Joy Johnson ,
Joy Johnson

Department of Radiology, Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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Abstract

Background: The workplace environment has been severely affected by globalization and the global financial crisis, leading to an increase in demand as well as stress and related problems. This study was designed to assess effects of perceived occupational stress on the mental health of radiography and medical laboratory science lecturers in tertiary institutions in Nigeria, as well as to determine relationships between levels of occupational stress on mental health and the socio-demographic variables of the lecturers. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey design was adopted to ascertain the aims of this study among 65 lecturers of the aforementioned departments. Obtained data were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential statistical tools. Results: Out of 65 respondents, 38(58.46%) were males while females accounted for 27(41.54%). Majority 36(55.38%) of the participants were lecturers from radiography department and large proportion 39(65%) of the respondents were within the age of 38-47 years. All (n=16, 100%) the respondents were full-time lecturers. Most 26(40%) of the respondents had master’s degree. Greater number 30(46.15%) had 3-8years working experiences. Majority of the lecturers from both departments reportedly felt emotionally drained from work sometimes, which is 28(96.55%) and 22(61.11%) for MLS and Radiography respectively. Twenty three (63.88%) of the radiography (RAD) lectures reported to had found themselves getting upset by quite trivial/little things sometimes, while in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), 16(55.17%) of the lecturers sometimes gets upset by quite trivial things. Furthermore, the majorities of the lecturers from both departments sometimes felt pressure to beat deadlines, which is 25(86.21%) and 21(58.33%) for MLS and Radiography respectively. There were no statistically significant relationships between impact of occupational stress on the mental health of MLS lecturers and their socio-demographic variables such as gender (χ2 = 3.000, df= 2, p= 0.33), Age (χ2 = 6.000, df=3, p= 0.11), and years of experience (χ2 = 3.333, df=3, p= 0.34). There were no statistically significant relationships between impact of occupational stress on the mental health of Radiography lecturers and their socio-demographic variables such as gender(χ2 = 5.312, df= 6, p= 0.38), Age (χ2 = 11.000, df=15, p= 0.75), and years of experience (χ2 = 7.000, df=5, p= 0.22).Conclusion: There was mild level of impact of occupational stress on the mental health of lecturers from the departments of interest. The impact of occupational stress on the mental health of Radiography and MLS lecturers by gender, years of experience, age and level of education did not vary within the population of study. More lecturers should be employed to meet up the recommended students to lecturer’s ratio so as to reduce the level of perceived mental stress among the lecturers.

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Promise Ogolodom M, Ifeoma Okafor J, Nathaniel Mbaba A, Nyenke CU, O. Balogun E, Ron M, et al. Percieved occupational stress and its influences on the mental health of radiography and medical laboratory science lecturers in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Health Leadership and Quality of Life [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 16 [cited 2024 Jul. 15];3:48. Available from: https://hl.saludcyt.ar/index.php/hl/article/view/48

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