Social work tops list of stressful careers, research finds

    Social workers and teachers face the highest levels of stress in
    the workplace, according to new research, writes Maria
    Ahmed.

    Occupational psychologists found that social work involved a
    high level of “emotional labour” through face-to-face
    contacts with clients.

    Researchers also found that social workers would be likely to
    have to suppress their emotions, adding to the stress of their
    job.

    The profession was among the top three for physical ill health
    related to work stress, along with ambulance service employees and
    teachers.

    The study, by Clare Millet of Robertson Cooper Ltd, Manchester,
    and Sheena Johnson from Liverpool University, said workers should
    be provided with training to help them deal with difficult people
    and counselling to cope with stress.

     

     

     

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