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Mental Health of Government Officials Participating in Foot and Mouth Disease Prevention Work - Focusing on Follow-up Study -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2018, 14(4), pp.151-163
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2018.14.4.151
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : February 14, 2018
  • Accepted : April 25, 2018
  • Published : April 30, 2018

Hyun, Jinhee 1 Kim Hee-Guk 2

1대구대학교
2상지대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to identify mental health conditions and their changes over time among government officials who were involved in the burial and disposal of livestock during the foot and mouth disease epidemics. The initial study was conducted in February 2011 and the follow-up study was conducted after 10 months. The data from 29 officials who voluntarily participated in both initial and follow-up study were analyzed, and 17.2% of the participants in the follow-up study were found to show a high risk of PTSD. The PTSD symptoms and its sub-domains such as avoidance, intrusion, hyper arousal symptoms, and depressive symptoms decreased but the reductions were not statistically significant. No change was found on anxiety either in the follow-up study. In particular, more individuals increased their PTSD and anxiety symptoms in the follow-up study. These results imply that the government officials who worked on the burial and disposal activities of livestock still had a high level of mental health problems. Based on the results of this study, the necessity of continuous monitoring and intervention was suggested to address mental health problems of government officials in Korea.

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