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

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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 employers had highest rates of sickness absence. GHQ-12 caseness had largest impact on absence in the public and nonprofit sectors, whereas physical health problems impacted more in the private sector. CONCLUSIONS:: GHQ-12 caseness is strongly associated with increased absence in all classifications of occupations. Differences between sectors require further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1539-1544
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume54
Issue number12
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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The effect of mental ill health on absence from work in different occupational classifications : analysis of routine data in the British Household Panel Survey. / Whittaker, Will; Sutton, Matt; Macdonald, Sara; Maxwell, Margaret; Smith, Michael; Wilson, Philip; Morrison, Jill.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 54, No. 12, 12.2012, p. 1539-1544.

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Whittaker, Will ; Sutton, Matt ; Macdonald, Sara ; Maxwell, Margaret ; Smith, Michael ; Wilson, Philip ; Morrison, Jill. / The effect of mental ill health on absence from work in different occupational classifications : analysis of routine data in the British Household Panel Survey. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 54, No. 12. pp. 1539-1544.
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