Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/12587
Title: Financial Strain and Loss of Psychosocial Benefits of Work Mediate the Relationship between Sickness Absence and Depression among People with Work Disability
Contributor(s): Sutton, Julie Patricia (author); Dunstan, Debra  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1017/jrc.2012.11
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/12587
Abstract: This study examined the relationship between sickness absence from work, loss of the benefits of employment, and depression in injured workers. A sample of 112 clients of Australian occupational rehabilitation service providers were the participants: (men = 56; women = 56; mean age = 45.25 years, SD = 10.34). Each had a chronic (>3 months) work-related musculoskeletal injury; 49% were sickness absent (n = 55) and 51% were partially fit and performing modified duties (n = 57). All completed self-report measures of the nature and duration of sickness absence, access to the benefits of employment, and severity of depression symptoms. Bootstrapping mediational analyses found that the relationship between duration of sickness absence and depression was fully mediated by financial strain and psychosocial benefits of employment. Financial strain was also the strongest predictor of depression in circumstances of sickness absence, but collective purpose was the strongest predictor when modified duties were being performed. These findings support injury management policies aimed at minimising injured workers' social and physical separation from the workplace and assisting sickness absent workers to maintain connections with their work team.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 18(2), p. 71-88
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1323-8922
1838-6059
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 920505 Occupational Health
920209 Mental Health Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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