Psychosocial Determinants of Health in Grass Root Level Workers of Rural Community

Author Details : Shobha S Karikatti, Varsha M Bhamaikar, Pavithra R, Fawwad M Shaikh, A B Halappanavar

Volume : 1, Issue : 2, Year : 2015

Article Page : 84-87

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Background: Anganwadi workers (AWW) are the grass root level workers of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme. Stress can affect efficiency of the AWW leading to poor program outcomes as well as adverse effect on their health. This study was planned to assess the level of stress among the anganwadi workers and their health status.
Methodology: The present cross-sectional study was conducted among 130 Anganwadi workers of three ICDS centres from rural block. Information was collected on a pretested, pre- structured and standardized questionnaire by direct interview and stress levels were assessed using General Health Questionnaire (GHQ 12) on likert’s scale.
Results: Among the total 130 participants studied, 6 (4.61%) Anganwadi workers were under stress and 9 (6.92%) were distressed. Stress levels were significantly associated with increasing age, type of family and work experience.
Conclusion: There was stress and dissatisfaction among the AWWs who were studied and there is a need to improve the working environment for the wellbeing of the Anganwadi workers.

Stress, Anganwadi worker, GHQ 12, rural

How to cite : Karikatti S S, Bhamaikar V M, Pavithra R, Shaikh F M, Halappanavar A B, Psychosocial Determinants of Health in Grass Root Level Workers of Rural Community. J Prev Med Holist Health 2015;1(2):84-87

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