Background Sickness absence due to illness is considered an indicator of work-related stress. Police work is a very stressful job. Sickness absence and sick leave are frequent among policemen. Methods We tested whether stress variables were predictors of absenteeism in a police unit specifically assigned to the maintenance of law and order. Results Control, Reward, and Support were negatively related to frequency of absence and short-term absence. Demand and Effort were positively related to total lost days. Absence recorded in the previous year was the best predictor of absenteeism. We also found a positive, albeit weak association between absence in the previous year and subsequent work-related stress. Conclusions Stress variables are associated with sickness absence, although the association is weak. Both short-term and prolonged sickness absence should be regarded as a warning sign for subsequent sickness absence and distress.

Magnavita, N., Garbarino, S., Is absence related to work stress? A repeated cross-sectional study on a special police force., <<AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE>>, 2013; 56 (N/A): 765-775. [doi:10.1002/ajim.22155] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/51032]

Is absence related to work stress? A repeated cross-sectional study on a special police force.

Magnavita, Nicola;
2013

Abstract

Background Sickness absence due to illness is considered an indicator of work-related stress. Police work is a very stressful job. Sickness absence and sick leave are frequent among policemen. Methods We tested whether stress variables were predictors of absenteeism in a police unit specifically assigned to the maintenance of law and order. Results Control, Reward, and Support were negatively related to frequency of absence and short-term absence. Demand and Effort were positively related to total lost days. Absence recorded in the previous year was the best predictor of absenteeism. We also found a positive, albeit weak association between absence in the previous year and subsequent work-related stress. Conclusions Stress variables are associated with sickness absence, although the association is weak. Both short-term and prolonged sickness absence should be regarded as a warning sign for subsequent sickness absence and distress.
2013
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Magnavita, N., Garbarino, S., Is absence related to work stress? A repeated cross-sectional study on a special police force., <<AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE>>, 2013; 56 (N/A): 765-775. [doi:10.1002/ajim.22155] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/51032]
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