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Mental Health Information and Female Hospital Staff: Demand and Sources Used

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Abstract:

We explored demand for mental health information and the sources used to get that information among female hospital staff in Taiwan. Results showed that nurses had higher demand than other occupational groups of hospital female employees for information about emotion, gender, and career. Administrators were more inclined, and physicians less inclined, than were other occupational groups of employees to seek mental health information from interpersonal sources. Staff in positions of less responsibility or in more junior positions than others had higher demand for information about mental disorders. Women who held a bachelor's degree or higher educational qualification recorded a greater demand than did other groups for information about gender and career. Women whose tenure was longer compared to other participants had the lowest demand for information about emotion and disorders. Those working more than 8 hours a day recorded a higher demand for gender information than did those who were working shorter hours. We suggest that human resources managers in hospitals should meet these information demands to ensure mental well-being of staff.

Keywords: FEMALE HOSPITAL STAFF; INFORMATION DEMAND; INFORMATION SOURCE; MENTAL HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.1.59

Publication date: 2013-02-01

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