More than half of QC support staff struggle with psychological distress: Study

May 23, 2019

A new study conducted on behalf of the Conseil provincial du secteur universitaire—a union organization that represents several postsecondary academic institutions in Quebec—has found that 53% of support staff at QC universities struggle with some form of psychological distress. Catherine Couturier states that the study consisted of online survey responses from 921 support staff at 11 QC universities, and that self-reported incidents of psychological distress had risen in comparison to a similar study conducted in 2008. According to Sabrina Pellerin, the study’s co-author, distress was not limited to one type of job or institution. Pellerin added that excessive workload due to funding cuts was the highest risk factor for support staff. University Affairs (QC)