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Table 2 Shirom Melamed Burnout Questionnaire (SMBQ) scores related to working conditions

From: Burnout, working conditions and gender - results from the northern Sweden MONICA Study

  MEN   WOMEN  
  N Mean SD p-value a N Mean SD p-value a
Work object         
With data r 128 2.73 0.86   131 2.81 0.85  
With things 236 2.74 0.91 (0.92) 68 3.28 1.12 0.002
With people 130 2.78 0.94 (0.75) 296 2.98 0.95 (0.17)
Socioeconomic index (SEI)         
Blue-collar (unskilled) 103 2.81 0.99 (0.23) 108 3.29 1.00 <0.001
Blue-collar (skilled) 121 2.76 0.91 (0.45) 86 2.96 0.92 (0.43)
White-collar (low-middle) 49 2.91 0.97 (0.10) 76 2.95 0.95 (0.33)
White-collar r (high) 168 2.67 0.86   199 2.83 0.91  
Self-employed 54 2.73 0.88 (0.68) 26 3.00 1.06 (0.40)
Working hours         
Fixed hours r 329 2.76 0.92   316 2.89 0.96  
Shift work 59 2.86 0.85 (0.67) 43 2.98 0.95 (0.80)
Varying hours 110 2.64 0.88 (0.14) 136 3.20 1.02 0.001
Number of work hours         
Full-time 465 2.74 0.91   351 2.93 0.94  
Part-time (<35 hours) 30 2.82 0.87 (0.84) 140 3.11 1.03 (0.11)
Demand at work         
Low 359 2.65 0.86   340 2.89 0.93  
High 141 3.02 0.96 <0.001 155 3.19 1.01 0.001
Control at work         
High 396 2.71 0.90   358 2.91 0.92  
Low 105 2.92 0.92 0.03 137 3.18 1.04 0.004
Physical work load         
Modest - heavy 194 2.72 0.96   171 3.07 1.04  
Sedentary - light 307 2.72 0.87 (0.53) 325 2.94 0.92 (0.26)
Risk for unemployment         
Low 449 2.72 0.88   431 2.94 0.94  
High 53 3.03 1.06 0.02 63 3.30 1.05 0.004
New job possibilities         
Yes 291 2.63 0.86   276 2.93 0.99  
No 208 2.92 0.95 <0.001 219 3.05 0.92 (0.17)
  1. r Reference category. a Adjusted for age.
  2. SMBQ score range 1-7. Non significant p-values are in parentheses.