Local news article Pittsburgh, PA – A new Pittsburgh-area study found that firefighters with full-time jobs are more likely to experience depression and burnout than those with part-time positions.
The study, published Monday in the journal PLOS ONE, found that more than 4,000 firefighters in the Greater Pittsburgh Fire Department had symptoms of depression or burnout.
A total of 7,871 were part-timers who were either unemployed or had been fired from their full- or part- time jobs within the last two years.
Among the study’s participants were firefighters who were not part of the fire department.
“This is not a problem that has been seen before,” said the study author, Dr. Mark D. O’Connell, a research associate professor of social work at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“Our results suggest that the stigma and isolation associated with being a firefighter may contribute to the development of mental health disorders in part- and full-timing firefighters.”
Determining if a firefighter is a firefighter or part of a firefighter A firefighter is defined as a person who participates in a firefighting or medical response effort and is on duty at least eight hours a day for a specified period of time.
A part-timer is defined in this way: The part-Timer is a person working more than eight hours per day for more than six months and who works fewer than eight consecutive hours per night for at least six months.
The full-Timer works more than 12 hours per week and is not employed for more a month.
The survey of 3,500 firefighters was conducted in January and February 2016, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.
Owing to a smaller sample size, the study did not look at the relationship between firefighter employment and the number of hours firefighters work per week.
However, the research team found that the majority of firefighters who reported experiencing symptoms of burnout, or depression, did so due to a lack of full- and part-ime work, compared to those who did not report experiencing symptoms.
Among part-Timers, the researchers found that 44 percent of the part- Timers reported experiencing burnout due to the lack of work, and 38 percent reported feeling isolated.
A firefighter with symptoms of stress and burn out is more likely than a firefighter without those symptoms to have a mental health problem, the authors write.
“We found that a significant number of part-timmers experienced depression, burnout and burn in response to the exclusion of full time work, a condition that is also associated with other mental health issues such as substance abuse and alcohol use,” said O’Brien.
The team added that the results were consistent across all firefighter ages, genders and ethnicities.
“While part-Time firefighters may not experience as many negative outcomes as full-Time or full-Timmers, they may experience some of the same negative outcomes,” O’Connor said.
“When part-Timmers feel isolated and isolated they are less likely to seek help and may attempt suicide.”
For those who have been part-employed, O’Connell said, they have a “much higher risk of mental illness, which in turn makes them more likely or even more likely, as they age, to commit suicide.”
The researchers also noted that part- Time firefighters were more likely compared to full-Timing firefighters to have used illegal drugs or alcohol.
A firefighting career in danger The study found a link between a firefighter’s exposure to a mental illness and their risk of suicide, as well as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
The researchers noted that the link was strongest among firefighters who had had a prior history of mental disorders.
“In addition, firefighters who have experienced a mental disorder during their firefighting careers are significantly more likely and more likely not to seek treatment, even if they have the symptoms of mental disorder,” the authors wrote.
In addition, the team said that it is “essential” that all firefighters who are part- or full time, and their families, “assess the relationship of part time and full time with their mental health and/or mental health problems in order to better plan and provide resources for all firefighters.” “
If you are experiencing a mental issue, it is important that you seek help,” O’,Connell said.
In addition, the team said that it is “essential” that all firefighters who are part- or full time, and their families, “assess the relationship of part time and full time with their mental health and/or mental health problems in order to better plan and provide resources for all firefighters.”
The authors note that the researchers did not attempt to determine if the firefighters were all part-Times or part Timers.
“Although this is a small study, it offers important insights into the mental health of firefighters and their family members,” O’sConnell said in a news release.
“For some firefighters, this may mean taking time to process their experiences and work through their personal problems. It