The Link between Salary and Psychiatric Problems among the Industrial Workers

Syed Khalid Perwez, Abdul Khalique, H. Ramaseshan, T. N. V. R. Swamy


The current study aimed to examine the effect of salary (High and low) on psychiatric problems of 200 workers of Tata Motors Ltd, Jamshedpur. These workers were divided on the basis of salary (high / low paid) and nature of job (high / low risk). Thus, there were four sub-groups and in each sub-group there were 50 cases. Methods: The Middlesex Hospital Questionnaire (M.H.Q) constructed by Crown & Crisp, (1966) and adapted in Hindi by O.N. Srivastava and V.K. Bhat in 1974 was administered on these 200 workers. Results: Results clearly indicated that salary (high and low) played a significant role in creating psychiatric problems in workers. Workers doing low paid jobs showed more psychiatric problems compared to workers doing high paid jobs in both high risk and low risk categories. The symptoms like free-floating anxiety, obsession traits and symptoms, phobic anxiety, somatic concomitants of anxiety, neurotic depression, and hysterical personality traits were found stronger in low paid in comparison to high paid industrial workers. Conclusion: Low paid job workers had significantly more psychiatric problems compared to high paid job workers.

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