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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 979827, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/979827
Research Article

Mental Health Status among Married Working Women Residing in Bhubaneswar City, India: A Psychosocial Survey

Department of Community Medicine, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, KIIT University, Campus-5, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751024, India

Received 4 February 2014; Accepted 14 February 2014; Published 31 March 2014

Academic Editor: Antonella Gigantesco

Copyright © 2014 Ansuman Panigrahi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Mental health is a major public health concern worldwide. This study aimed to assess the mental health status and its correlates among married working women residing in Bhubaneswar city of Odisha, India. A cross-sectional study was undertaken in 240 households involving 240 married working women following a multistage cluster random sampling design. Using the predesigned, pretested interview schedule and self-reporting questionnaire, all relevant information was collected. Our study revealed that 32.9% of study respondents had poor mental health and only about 10% of these women had sought any kind of mental health services. Logistic regression analysis showed that 3 predictors such as favourable attitude of colleagues, sharing their own problems with husband, and spending time for yoga/meditation/exercise had significant positive impact on the mental health status of married working women. A preventive program regarding various aspects of mental health for married working women at workplace as well as community level could be a useful strategy in reducing this public health problem.