Relationship between job stress and depression among staff of selected banks in Kano metropolis

Authors

  • Moses Ichongo Ukeh

Keywords:

Job stress, depression, mental health, bank employees, Kano metropolis,

Abstract

Job stress has been established as a predictor of depression among employees. However, little research has been done in this regard among bank employees in Nigeria. This study therefore examines the relationship between job stress and depression among staff of selected banks in Kano metropolis. A sample of 120 employees (93 males and 27 females) drawn from selected banks within Kano metropolis participated in the cross-sectional survey. Two standardized instruments (job stress scale, short version, Tares & Lowell, 1988 and the Beck’s Depression Inventory II) were used for data collection. The data were analysed with Multiple Regression statistics (SPSS-Version 21) to test two hypotheses. A significant negative relationship between job stress and depression (r = (120) = -.33, p < .005) was found among employees in the selected banks. Also, job stress subscales made significant joint and independent contributions to depression (F (3,116) = 14.98, p<0.05), confirming both hypotheses. It was concluded that job stress has the capacity to affect adversely the mental health of workers, and recommended, among others, that management of banks adopt effective use of occupational health policies to reduce job stress.

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Published

2022-12-19