Relationship between Job Stress and Self-esteem of Physical Therapists

물리치료사의 자아존중감과 직무스트레스의 상관관계

  • Ro, Hyo-Lyun (Department of Occupational Therapy, Kangwon National University)
  • 노효련 (강원대학교 작업치료학과)
  • Received : 2009.11.03
  • Accepted : 2010.01.12
  • Published : 2010.02.25


Purpose: This study aimed to determine the degree of job stress and self-esteem of physical therapists as well as the correlation between the two variables. Method: This study targeted 218 physical therapists of Busan City, and was carried out from July 16 to August 6, 2009 as survey research. A structured questionnaire referring to advance researches was used as a research tool. Job stress symptoms were measured one a 5 point scale, the higher the point total, the higher the job stress. Self-esteem was measured on a 4 point scale, the higher the point total, the lower the self-esteem. After data collection we determined descriptive statistics, and did reliability analysis, factor analysis, Spearman's correlation analysis, and regression analysis. Results: Reliability analysis indicated that reliability for the job stress questionnaire was 0.93 and for the self-esteem was 0.83. The average job stress score of physical therapists was 1.19 points which was not high. The average self-esteem score was 1.76 points, whichwas high. It appeared that the higher the self-esteem, the lower the job stress. Also, self-esteem had an influence on psychological symptoms among job stress factors. Conclusion: Job stress and self-esteem of physical therapists are well-correlated and influence each other. Accordingly, self-esteem can be used as a variable for adjusting job stress of physical therapists.



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