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The association between loss of work ability and depression: a focus on employment status

Authors
 Sang Ah Lee  ;  Yeong Jun Ju  ;  Kyu-Tae Han  ;  Jae Woo Choi  ;  Hyo Jung Yoon  ;  Eun-Cheol Park 
Citation
 INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, Vol.90(1) : 109-116, 2017 
Journal Title
 INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH 
ISSN
 0340-0131 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Adult ; Aged ; Depression/psychology* ; Employment/psychology* ; Female ; Humans ; Linear Models ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Republic of Korea ; Risk Factors ; Work/psychology* ; Work Capacity Evaluation ; Young Adult
Keywords
Depression ; Mental health ; Unemployment ; Work ability
Abstract
PURPOSE: Work-related factors are one of the known risk factors for depression. Given that the ability to work is considered an important aspect of well-being and health status, we investigated the association between the loss of work ability and depression. We further examined the association stratified by employment status. METHODS: We used data from the Korea Welfare Panel Study. The dependent variable of the present study was depression, which is measured by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Work ability transition from the previous year was divided into three categories: maintained, loss, and complete loss. A linear mixed-effects model was performed for the analysis. RESULTS: The work ability loss group (β = 2.071, p < 0.0002) and the work ability completely loss group (β = 2.651, p = 0.015) had higher depression scores compared to those who maintained their work ability from the previous year. Specifically, those who lost their work ability and their job (β = 3.685, p = 0.0068) had the highest depression scores compared to those who maintained their work ability and job. CONCLUSIONS: We found that those who lost their ability to work may be at risk of depression, and this finding was particularly prominent among those who also became unemployed. Therefore, psychological support is needed for these individuals to overcome the negative influence of the loss of work ability.
Full Text
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00420-016-1178-7
DOI
10.1007/s00420-016-1178-7
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/154155
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