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Vocation, mental illness and the absenteeism decision

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Publication date

25 Sep 2018

Summary

Objectives: We explore sickness absenteeism variations within the public sector and in particular the role of mental illness. Distinctively, the public sector is segmented into vocational and non-vocational sector; assuming that vocation lead to a different degree of job attachment and alter sickness leave decision.
Methods: Using British Household Panel Survey, random-effects logit models are applied to estimate the odds ratio of sickness absence with alternative measures of vocational employment. The association between mental illness and sickness absence is also explored.
Results: Absenteeism and the effect of mental illness on absenteeism rates vary within the public sector after controlling for socio-economic factors. The public vocational sector had the largest sickness absence odds ratios.
Conclusions: Differences between absenteeism rates across sectors may be more about the nature of the job and less about the nature of the sector.

Published in

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000001454

ISSN

16

Subjects

Psychology, Labour Market, Well Being, and Health

Links

https://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/publishahead/Vocation,_Mental_Illness_and_the_Absenteeism.98566.aspx

Notes

Not held in Hilary Doughty Research Library - bibliographic reference only; Online Early

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