Journal article

Association Between Attributions of Responsibility for Motor Vehicle Crashes, Depressive Symptoms, and Return to Work

Jason Thompson, Meaghan O'Donnell, Lesley Stafford, Trond Nordfjaern, Michael Berk

Rehabilitation Psychology | EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING FOUNDATION-AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2014

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE: Perceptions surrounding the underlying causes of accidents and injuries may be a key mechanism influencing postaccident health and functional outcomes among people injured in road crashes. In particular, attributions of responsibility may influence rates of postcrash depressive symptomatology and return-to-work. RESEARCH METHOD/DESIGN: We studied a large sample of people injured in motor vehicle crashes who were working at their time of accident and needed to take time off as a result of their injuries. Interviews took place at 2 time points, 12 months apart (T1: n = 1,024, T2: n = 303). Comparisons were made between participants' levels of depressive symptoms and rates of..

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