1 State Prisons and Security and Corrective Measures Organization, Ilam, Iran

2 Biostatistics, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan,


Introduction: Job stress can impose significant costs to the workplaces and organizations
due to some issues such as absenteeism, less productivity, and medical costs. Job overload
and lack of decision latitude can lead to job stress. The current study aimed to investigate
the job demands and control as predictor of job stress and its relationship, with some of the
demographic characteristics of Iranian prison staff. Materials and Methods: This study was
performed on 171 male employees working in four prisons located in Ilam, Iran. The sampling
method was census and all four prisons’ staff were selected to respond the Job Content
Questionnaires. Finally, the data were analyzed using t‑test or independent samples test as
well as SPSS 20. Results: The highest amount of job demand (mean = 21.28) and the lowest
amount of job control on average (9.76) were reported by those staff working in Darehshahr
prison. There was also a significant relationship between job post and job control among the
prison staff (β = −0.375, P = 0.001). Conclusion: The level of job stress reported by prison
staff was high in this study mainly caused by high job demand and low job control, especially
in Darehshahr prison staff.


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