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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-47

A study of stress and psychiatric morbidity in the central industrial security force

1 Asha Hospital, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, India
2 Institute of Mental Health, Hyderabad, India
3 Austin College, Texas, USA

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G Prasad Rao
Asha Hospital, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.43133

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The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) provides security cover to several of the Nation's vital industrial sectors and the CISF personnel are trained so as to meet expected and unexpected emergencies for varied periods of time. The present study is undertaken at the National industrial security Academy, NISA, Hyderabad with the objectives of assessing the psychiatric morbidity and the factors contributing to stress among the CISF personnel. A Random stratified sample of 500 subjects stratified to include personnel from all ranks such as SI's, Executive officials and constables are screened using the Goldberg's General Health Questionnaire. A detailed screening Questionnaire adapted from Channabasavanna S.M etal (1996) to assess the stress and coping was used. Those who are screened positive are further evaluated using the Mini International Neuro-psychiatric Interview, M.I.N.I to confirm the psychiatric diagnosis and using detailed personal interviews the factors contributing to stress in the CISF personnel are identified. The results of the study have shown that personnel posted in stressful areas and of the Rank of constables had perceived stress and more morbidity compared to those posted in nonstressful areas.

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