Psychosocial factors and work-related musculoskeletal disorders among Southeastern Asian female workers living in Korea

Hyeonkyeong Lee, Hyunmi Ahn, Chang Gi Park, Sun Jung Kim, Sun Hye Moon

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Objectives: A rapid increase in the population of migrant workers in Korea has brought new challenges regarding the possible effects of acculturation on health. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of acculturation- and work-related psy-chosocial factors on work-related musculoskeletal disorders among migrant female workers living in Korea. Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was used. A translated, structured questionnaire was administrated to 156 southeast-ern Asian female full-time workers living in Korea. Results: About 35% of the participants experienced some type(s) of work-related musculoskeletal disorder(s), which were more prevalent in Vietnamese women than in Thai and Filipino women. Women who preferred to maintain their own heritage and to reject the host country heritage were at risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Conclusion: Acculturation strategy and nationality were found to be significant factors associated with work-related musculoskel-etal disorders. Health professionals need to accommodate acculturation contexts into risk assessment and intervention development for work-related musculoskeletal disorders separately for different nationalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-193
Number of pages11
JournalSafety and Health at Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by Yonsei University New Faculty Research Grant 2008.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Chemical Health and Safety


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