Establishment and Analysis of Chinese Judges’ Occupational Stress Scale

Jie LI, Ai MA, Zhenlin LIN


As the decision makers of cases, judges’ physical and mental health directly affects the outcome of the cases, and is related to the fairness and efficiency of the judiciary. Some studies have shown that the current level of mental health of judges is lower than people in general, and the rise of judges’ turnover rate in recent years also reflects their occupational stress from one aspect. This study selected 1,159 judges from seven regions including Beijing, Tianjin, Jilin, Liaoning, Shanxi, Hubei, and Henan for test, and conducted the questionnaire of occupational stress inventory-revised (OSI-R), established the occupational stress scale of Chinese judges, and conversed crude points to T points to grade the tension degree. Test results have showed that compared to groups of professionals and lawyers, the group of judges has a higher degree of tension, and seniority, gender, geography, age are the variables which affect the results of OSI-R questionnaire the most, and education and marital status affect secondly.


Judges; Occupational stress; OSI-R; Scale

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