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Mean streets take toll on taxi drivers

Gabrielle Lis

High levels of mental exertion depression are rife amongst taxi drivers, but greater workplace support and civility might help ease the strain.

Research has established that taxi drivers have high levels of mental exertion and depression. As well as on-the-job hassles like traffic problems and workplace conflict, many taxi drivers are exposed to racist slurs and witness or experience traumatic events whilst working. Taxi drivers who report more job strain, iso strain or effort / reward imbalance have higher mental exertion and more depressive symptoms than those with greater ease, su...

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