Study to Compare Anxiety, Depression and Alcohol Use between Manhole Workers and Other Class Four Municipality Workers
Keywords:Class IV, Manhole workers, Anxiety, Depression, Substance abuse
Background: Working conditions has serious effect on person’s mental and physical health. Manhole
workers work in very demanding and inhuman environment. Many studies shown prevalence of depression,
anxiety and substance abuse in people involved in manual cleaning work.
Methodology: Total 100 class IV workers from which 50 manhole workers and rest 50 were other class
IV, were studied in a single centric cross-sectional study. The scales used were AUDIT, HAM-A, HAM-D.
Statistical Analysis: Scores obtained were computed using basic descriptive statistics as well as computerized
Results: Compared to other class IV workers, more numbers of manhole workers were having significant
and more severe anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
Conclusions: This study provides insight about mental health of somewhat neglected class of societies.
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