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18/03/2013 - Submitted by: Joerg Michel

The associations between working conditions and mental disorders are widely discussed in science, politics and the public debate throughout Europe. The Stress report Germany 2012 investigates the extent to which employees in Germany are exposed to psychological stress and psychological demands at work. It also focuses on those working conditions which are a resource and have positive effects on the mental health of employees. The report draws on the results of the sixth wave of the BIBB/BAuA employee survey, in which 20.000 workers were interviewed about their working conditions, exposure to work related stress and coping strategies. The survey is carried out regularly since 1979 by a joint effort of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA). General findings of the 200 pages report show that the level of perceived stress and stress related health complaints has increased since the last survey in 2005/2006. Main factors for this are multitasking and pressure in time and to perform. The report is available in German with an introduction/abstract in English on the website of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (

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Joerg Michel, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


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