Unresolved conflicts and shaming processes: risk factors for long-term sick leave for mental-health reasons
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Social Research, ISSN 1892-2783, Vol. 5, 39-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Mental illness is the most common diagnosis resulting in long-term sick leave in Sweden today, especially stress-related syndromes and mood disorders. The aim of this article is to analyse the relational and emotional processes in the workplace that may contribute to the understanding of long-term sick leave for mental-health reasons. We conducted interviews with twenty-six people who were on sick-leave because of diagnoses of mental ill-health. The empirical material was analysed using Classic Grounded Theory. We suggest that the risk of being afflicted with mental illness, and forced into long-term sick leave, increases when there are conflicts at work that remain unresolved and which lead to malignant shaming processes that jeopardize personal dignity. In their struggle to maintain self-esteem, the afflicted escalate their work efforts by increasing work intensity, putting in overtime, and working when ill. Eventually, this behaviour affects their health and results in sick-listing. The strengths and weaknesses of the study are discussed along with the need for further research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 5, 39-54 p.
mental illness, long-term sick leave, shaming processes
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34373OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-34373DiVA: diva2:755794