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Work‐related distress in the 1990s ‐ a real increase in ill health?

Stephen Stansfeld (Centre for Psychiatry Barts and the London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London)
Davina Woodley‐Jones (Centre for Psychiatry Barts and the London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London)
Farhat Rasul (Centre for Psychiatry Barts and the London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London)
Jenny Head (Centre for Psychiatry Barts and the London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London)
Simon Clarke (Epidemiology and Medical Statistics Unit, Health and Safety Executive, Bootle, Merseyside)
Colin Mackay (Better Health at Work Division, Health and Safety Executive, Bootle, Merseyside)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 1 August 2008

Abstract

Over recent years there have been massive changes in working life and workplaces. Across the 1990s there has been a marked increase in reports of work‐related psychological distress in the UK. This paper uses the results of the most recent Occupational Health Decennial supplement (Office for National Statistics (ONS) & Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 2007), based on nationally representative data sources on distress at work, working conditions, sickness absence and psychiatric morbidity to examine the reasons for the apparent increase in work‐related psychological distress.

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Stansfeld, S., Woodley‐Jones, D., Rasul, F., Head, J., Clarke, S. and Mackay, C. (2008), "Work‐related distress in the 1990s ‐ a real increase in ill health?", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 26-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/17465729200800005

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