Perception of Working Conditions and Health by Prison Officers of a Male Prison from Brazil

  • Fabíola ReinertEmail author
  • Lizandra Garcia Lupi Vergara
  • Leila Amaral Gontijo
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 818)


This paper presents a case study done with the prison officers of Male Prison from Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Starting from the hypothesis that workers’ health is largely influenced by its working condition and that the work in prisons contributes to the incidence of health problems, the real perception of prison workers about their own work and health was investigated through content analysis, using semi-structured interviews. The study emphasizes that the type of work and its content increase the level of stress of the workers analyzed, and the lack of security generates fear and distrust, revealing problems in the organization and the work process. However, a deeper analysis of the work condition is fundamental to understand how the worker deals with the characteristics of the work, the strategies that he finds to solve the problems and how much the work context influences his health.


Work conditions Occupational diseases Prison officers 



To the Federal University of Santa Catarina, to CAPES - Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, to DEAP/SC - Prison Administration Department of Santa Catarina and to the Male Prison of Florianópolis/SC - Brazil.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil

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