Home| Journals | Statistics Online Expert | About Us | Contact Us

    About this Journal  | Table of Contents

[Abstract] [PDF] [HTML] [Linked References]

International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 6, Issue 3, March 2013 pp 134-138

Research Article

Assessment of Stress among Workers Engaged in Zari Making in an Urban Slum of Mumbai, India


Bhuwan Sharma1, Hemant Mahajan2

1,2Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Grant Government Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Context: Zari work which employs a large human resource is a type of occupation which comes under unorganised sector. A variety of factors contribute to stress in the employees such as negative workload, isolation, long working hours, difficult relationships among co-workers and management, harassment and lack of opportunities or motivation to advancement in one’s skill level. Aims: To assess the occupational stress among workers involved in zari industry in an Urban Slum of Mumbai, India. Methods: The present cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted by selecting 800 zari workers by simple random sampling. All the subjects are subjected to Occupational Stress Index (OSI) test to assess the level of stress among them. Statistical analysis: The comparison of qualitative data was done using chi-square test. The confidence limit for significance was fixed at 95% level with p-value < 0.05. Results: Out of 800 workers, 82% were between age group of 15 to 44 years. Most of the workers had moderate level of stress (61%) with role conflict part of stress scale playing the most important role (64.1%). A significant increase in stress levels among workers was noted with increase in the duration in present job (p< 0.05). Conclusion: Being an unorganised sector occupation, zari making put significant stress on workers which increases with duration in present job.