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Stress Relief and Related Factors in Camp Program for Firefighters
Jungha Shin, Minyoung Sim, Junghyun H. Lee, Da Young Lee, Kyoungsun Jeon, Seunga Oh, Jiae Kim, Okjoo Kim, Jungil Yang, Heebong Lee
STRESS. 2018;26(2):88-94.   Published online June 30, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17547/kjsr.2018.26.2.88
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Background:

This study aims to test the effectiveness of a camp program and to analyze the factors related to stress relief. To this end, the present study conducted prospective research for six months on the change of stress, depression, and the level of post-traumatic stress among the firefighters who participated in the camp program.

Methods:

The perceived stress (PSS-K), stress by the different portion (GARS), post-traumatic stress symptoms (IES-R) and depression (BDI-II) were evaluated at five sessions over the span of six months, and the change of each measure was analyzed. Those five sessions were before the camp, right after the camp and a month, three months and six months after the camp. Moreover, this study assessed characteristics of sociodemographic, firefighting task and mental health that are related to the level of stress at six months after the camp.

Results:

Compared with before the camp, the level of depression was significantly lower right after the camp. However, the level did not have significant difference after a month period. At one month after the camp, the level of stress was significantly lower than before the camp, and was maintained after six months. The predictive factors of the degree of stress relief after the camp were high job stress and low disease stress.

Conclusions:

This study has found that the stress relief from the camp continued until six months after the camp, and the stress-relieving effect through the camp was substantial for those with higher job stress and lower disease stress.


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