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Concealing Emotions at Work Is Associated with Allergic Rhinitis in Korea.

Authors
 Hongdeok Seok  ;  Jin-Ha Yoon  ;  Jong-Uk Won  ;  Wanhyung Lee  ;  June-Hee Lee  ;  Pil Kyun Jung  ;  Jaehoon Roh 
Citation
 TOHOKU JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE, Vol.238(1) : 25-32, 2016 
Journal Title
 TOHOKU JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE 
ISSN
 0040-8727 
Issue Date
2016
MeSH
Adult ; Emotions* ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Republic of Korea/epidemiology ; Rhinitis, Allergic/epidemiology* ; Rhinitis, Allergic/psychology* ; Work/psychology* ; Young Adult
Keywords
allergic rhinitis ; allergy ; concealing emotion ; Korea ; stress
Abstract
Concealing emotions at work can cause considerable psychological stress. While there is extensive research on the adverse health effects of concealing emotions and the association between allergic diseases and stress, research has not yet investigated whether concealing emotions at work is associated with allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis is a common disease in many industrialized countries, and its prevalence is increasing. Thus, our aim was to determine the strength of this association using data from three years (2007-2009) of the 4th Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants (aged 20-64) were 8,345 individuals who were economically active and who had completed the questionnaire items on concealing emotions at work. Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were calculated for allergic rhinitis using logistic regression models. Among all participants, 3,140 subjects (37.6%) reported concealing their emotions at work: 1,661 men and 1,479 women. The OR (95% CIs) for allergic rhinitis among those who concealed emotions at work versus those who did not was 1.318 (1.148-1.512). Stratified by sex, the OR (95% CIs) was 1.307 (1.078-1.585) among men and 1.346 (1.105-1.639) among women. Thus, individuals who concealed their emotions at work were significantly more likely to have a diagnosis of AR in comparison to those who did not. Because concealing emotions at work has adverse health effects, labor policies that aim to reduce this practice are needed.
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DOI
10.1620/tjem.238.25
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
5. Research Institutes (연구소) > Institute for Occupational Health (산업보건연구소) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Roh, Jae Hoon(노재훈)
Won, Jong Uk(원종욱) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9200-3297
Yoon, Jin Ha(윤진하) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4198-2955
Lee, Wan Hyung(이완형)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/147060
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