Psychological Distress in Norwegian Nurses and Teachers over Nine Years

  • Per Nerdrum Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • Amy Østertun Geirdal Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • Per Andreas Høglend University of Oslo/Institute of Psychiatry, Vinderen

Abstract

Psychological distress have been found to be high and influence negatively nurses’ and teachers’ work. In this nine-year project, we present the first longitudinal study comparing psychological distress from 1467 students and young professionals in nursing and teaching. Psychological distress was measured with GHQ 12 at the start and the end of their studies and three and six years after graduation. Both descriptive statistics and estimated models were used to assess psychological distress over time. Psychological distress increased significantly in both groups during education. The reduction of psychological distress was significant among the nurses, and they clearly showed a “healthy worker effect” when coming into clinical work. The teachers had a small and non-significant reduction in the same period and did not show a positive effect after starting pedagogical work.

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Published
2016-11-17
How to Cite
Nerdrum, P., Geirdal, A. Østertun, & Høglend, P. A. (2016). Psychological Distress in Norwegian Nurses and Teachers over Nine Years. Professions and Professionalism, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.7577/pp.1477
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