Psychiatrists, sensitized by recent publications describing "blue collar blues" among assembly-line industrial workers, may attribute their complaints of emotional distress to the stress of assembly-line environment.
A field survey of automobile workers engaged in production-line tasks reveals no more evidence of unrelatedness, loneliness, boredom, life-dissatisfaction, work dissatisfaction, or depression than among their spouses.
Where these phenomena occur, they are usually part of a broader pattern of emotional illness characteristic of diagnosed patients drawn from the same population. Mental health professionals should be cautious about stereotypes lest they impair their clinical judgment.
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