Weekend work and depressive symptoms among Korean employees

The purpose of this study was to quantify the association between weekend work and depressive symptoms in a representative sample of Korean employees. Subjects were 29,171 employees of companies in Korea. Data were obtained as part of the 2011 Korean Working Conditions Survey. Depressive symptoms were measured as a score of ?7 on the World Health Organization Well-being Index. The association between weekend work and depressive symptoms was quantified using logistic regression, controlling for sociodemographic and work-related factors including the number of hours worked per week and stratified by gender. The prevalence of depressive symptoms was higher in employees who reported working at least one weekend day in the past month than in employees who reported working no weekend days in the past month. After controlling for confounders, including the number of hours worked per week, 1-4 days of weekend work in the past month (odds ratio [95% confidence interval] of 1.36 [1.18-1.57] in males and 1.32 [1.12-1.58] in females) and >4 days of weekend work in the past month (odds ratio [95% confidence interval] of 1.45 [1.19-1.78] in males and 1.36 [1.07-1.73] in females) were significantly associated with depressive symptoms. The authors concluded that weekend work was related with a significant increase in the prevalence of depressive symptoms in Korean workers.

Authors: Lee HE, Kim HR, Kong JO, Jang TW, Myong JP, Koo JW, Kim I. ;Full Source: Chronobiology International. 2015 Mar;32(2):262-9. doi: 10.3109/07420528.2014.965826. Epub 2014 Oct 7. ;