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Unresolved conflicts and shaming processes: risk factors for long-term sick leave for mental-health reasons
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Social Research, ISSN 1892-2783, Vol. 5, 39-54 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2014. Vol. 5, 39-54 p.
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mental illness, long-term sick leave, shaming processes
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34373OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-34373DiVA: diva2:755794
Available from: 2014-10-15 Created: 2014-10-15 Last updated: 2014-10-29Bibliographically approved

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