Exclusive: Mental Helth of Chinese Scientific and Technology Professionals

Mental health status and influencing factors of Chinese young scientific and technological professionals

  • WANG Yaxin ,
  • GUO Fei ,
  • LIU Yanan ,
  • CHEN Zhiyan
  • 1. CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China

Received date: 2019-05-06

  Revised date: 2019-05-10

  Online published: 2019-06-20


As the main force of scientific research, young scientific and technological professionals take up major work tasks and pressures, with more mental health risks. The present paper studies the mental health status of young scientific and technological professionals and the influencing factors by conducting two rounds of large-scale investigation of participants aged 35 and below in 2009 and 2017. The results show that 21% of young scientific and technological professionals have different levels of depression, 47.9% of them have different levels of anxiety, and 11% have suicidal ideation in the last year. Young scientific and technological professionals are more prone to depression and suicidal ideation than other age groups, but there is no significant difference in anxiety levels. Female and low-educated young scientific and technological professionals are more prone to suicidal ideations, and the low-educated group are also more prone to depression. Marital status, marital satisfaction, emotional regulation style, and working environment significantly affect the mental health of the studied group.

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WANG Yaxin , GUO Fei , LIU Yanan , CHEN Zhiyan . Mental health status and influencing factors of Chinese young scientific and technological professionals[J]. Science & Technology Review, 2019 , 37(11) : 35 -44 . DOI: 10.3981/j.issn.1000-7857.2019.11.005


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