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Does perceived stress mediate the association between workplace bullying and long-term sickness absence?

Tidsskriftartikel - 2016

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OBJECTIVE: To examine if perceived stress mediated the association between workplace bullying and subsequent long-term sickness absence. METHODS: The PRISME cohort was established in 2007 and re-examined in 2009. Questionnaire data about workplace bullying and perceived stress were obtained from 4114 individuals. Participants were followed in registers on long-term sickness absence (>/=30 consecutive days of sickness absence). RESULTS: Workplace bullying was associated with subsequent sickness absence (odds ratio [OR] = 2.05; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.57 to 2.65) and concurrent high perceived stress levels (OR = 2.34; 95% CI: 1.86 to 2.96). A high perceived stress level was also associated with subsequent sickness absence (OR = 1.33; 95% CI: 1.13 to 1.56). Perceived stress explained 13% (95% CI: 6 to 23%) of the total association between bullying and sickness absence. CONCLUSIONS: The association between workplace bullying and subsequent long-term sickness absence may be partially mediated by perceived stress

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Grynderup M, Nabe-Nielsen K, Lange T, Conway P, Bonde J, Francioli L, Garde AH, Kaerlev L, Rugulies RE, Vammen M, Hogh A, Hansen ÅM. Does perceived stress mediate the association between workplace bullying and long-term sickness absence?. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2016;58(6):E226-E230.
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000750

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