Exclusive: Mental Helth of Chinese Scientific and Technology Professionals

The demands and the services for mental health of Chinese scientific and technological professionals

  • GUO Fei ,
  • CHEN Zhiyan
  • CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Beijing 100101, China

Received date: 2019-04-30

  Revised date: 2019-05-13

  Online published: 2019-06-20


Scientific and technological professionals are the main power for the innovation and the development of China. The mental health is the base of being innovative and achieving their full potential. To study the mental health of Chinese scientific and technological professionals, three surveys were conducted in the years of 2009, 2014 and 2017, respectively. The results are as follows. About 1/5 scientific and technological professionals had depressive symptoms, 11.2% had the suicide ideation in the past year, and 48.1% suffered varying degrees of anxiety. The male professionals had higher level of depression than the female professionals. The young and middle-aged professionals had higher level of anxiety than the elder age groups. The demands for the mental health of scientific and technological professionals mainly include the emotional regulation, the interpersonal skills, the parenting of children, the career guidance, the marriage and family, and the treatment and prevention of the mental disorders. Scientific and technological professionals had scruples and misunderstandings about mental health services, with resistance in using mental health services and seeking professional help. Meanwhile, the resources of mental health services for the scientific and technological professionals were still very limited. Most of the professionals (67.2%) felt that they were unable to access to the mental health service conveniently. Overally, the present mental health service system is still unsystematic and insufficient, and cannot meet the demands of Chinese scientific and technological professionals. Therefore, the specific mental health service system for scientific and technological professionals should be implemented and strengthened. Meanwhile, the knowledge of the mental health should be popularized.

Cite this article

GUO Fei , CHEN Zhiyan . The demands and the services for mental health of Chinese scientific and technological professionals[J]. Science & Technology Review, 2019 , 37(11) : 18 -27 . DOI: 10.3981/j.issn.1000-7857.2019.11.003


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