A panel study of associations between psychosocial work environment, recuperation, and depressive symptoms as well as use of antidepressants

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 31/12/2011
Funding: 1800000 SEK


Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and the leading cause of disability worldwide. Numerous studies have examined the relationship between psychosocial work environment and depression. Many of them, however, are based on self-estimates and cross-sectional data, which makes it difficult to draw any certain conclusions about causality. Only a few studies have been based on nationwide representative samples.

Our project aims to study associations between the psychosocial work environment, recuperation, and depressive symptoms over time as well as the use of antidepressants in Sweden and Denmark. The project also aims to test, confirm and make valid a self-rated depression scale (a short version of the Symptom Checklist 90) by using registry data.

Material and method:
The project will be based on data from official registers, e.g. from the new prescribed drug register, and a questionnaire survey called SLOSH. SLOSH (Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health), is a nationally representative longitudinal survey that follows the participants in the 2003 and 2005 Swedish Work Environment Surveys (performed by Statistics Sweden commissioned by the Swedish Work Environment Authority) every two years. SLOSH includes questions about health and social situation, organizational conditions, and psychosocial work environment (e.g. demands, control, and support) among other things.

Results and significance:
The results could contribute to more robust evidence concerning causal associations and understanding of the causal pathways. This in turn can lead to more effective prevention, higher productivity and reduced costs for individuals and society

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