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Document ID (ISN)111643
CIS number 11-0330
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Netterstr°m B., Bl°nd M., Nielsen M., Rugulies R., Eskelinen L.
Title Development of depressive symptoms and depression during organizational change - A two-year follow-up study of civil servants
Bibliographic information Nov. 2010, Vol.36, No.6, p.445-448. 21 ref.
Abstract In 2007, Denmark went through a major reorganization, where most of its 275 municipalities and 14 counties merged into larger units. This study aimed to examine the development of depressive symptoms and incident depression among employees affected by this organizational change. A total of 685 civil servants employed in the administration of five municipalities and two counties participated in the study. They answered a postal questionnaire eight months prior to and 16 months after the reorganization regarding working conditions, psychosocial work environment factors, and depressive symptoms, based on the Major Depression Inventory (MDI). During the follow-up period in 2006-2008, 295 employees had experienced a merger with other workplaces (hereafter the merger group), 259 had got a new job (the new job group), and 131 who experienced no change in workplace served as the control group. The three groups were compared for mean score of MDI and incident cases of depression using general linear models and logistic regression analyses. After adjustment of the MDI for age, occupation, supervisor function and department at baseline in 2006, no significant differences in increase in MDI were found between the groups. The incidence of depression in the merger group was not significantly higher than the control group.
Descriptors (primary) Denmark; depressive neurosis; psychology of work organization; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) change of employment; questionnaire survey; sex-linked differences; government services
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Public and government services
Psychology of work organization
Mental health