Saf Health Work.  2011 Jun;2(2):183-193.

Psychosocial Factors and Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders among Southeastern Asian Female Workers Living in Korea

Affiliations
  • 1Yonsei University College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea. hlee39@yuhs.ac
  • 2University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: A rapid increase in the population of migrant workers in Korea has brought new challenges regarding the possible effects of acculturation on health. The purpose
of this study was to examine the influence of acculturation- and work-related psychosocial factors on work-related musculoskeletal disorders among migrant female workers living in Korea.
METHODS
A cross-sectional survey design was used. A translated, structured questionnaire was administrated to 156 southeastern Asian female full-time workers living in Korea.
RESULTS
About 35% of the participants experienced some type(s) of work-related musculoskeletal disorder(s), which were more prevalent in Vietnamese women than in Thai and Filipino women. Women who preferred to maintain their own heritage and to reject the host country heritage were at risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
CONCLUSION
Acculturation strategy and nationality were found to be significant factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Health professionals need to accommodate acculturation contexts into risk assessment and intervention development for work-related musculoskeletal disorders separately for different nationalities.

Keyword

Acculturation strategy; Acculturative stress; Work-related psychosocial factors; Work-related musculoskeletal disorders; Migrants
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