Journal article

The Effect of Mental Ill Health on Absence From Work in Different Occupational Classifications Analysis of Routine Data in the British Household Panel Survey

Will Whittaker, Matt Sutton, Sara MacDonald, Margaret Maxwell, Michael Smith, Philip Wilson, Jill Morrison

JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2012

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate relationship of mental ill health to absence from work in different occupational classifications. METHOD: Examined sickness absence, mental health (GHQ-12), physical health, job characteristics, and personal characteristics in 18 waves of the British Household Panel Survey. RESULTS: Overall sickness absence rate was 1.68%. Increased absence was associated with age greater than 45 years, female gender, lower occupational classification, and public-sector employers. Decreased absence was associated with part-time working. Scoring 4 or more on the General Health Questionnaire 12-item version (GHQ-12 caseness) was strongly associated with sickness absence. Public-sector..

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