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February 1974

Loneliness and Dissatisfaction in a Blue Collar Population

Author Affiliations

Piscataway, NJ
From the Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway, NJ.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;30(2):261-265. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760080101017

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.