Psychosocial Working Conditions and Suicide Ideation

Evidence From a Cross-Sectional Survey of Working Australians
Objectives: This study examined the relationship between psychosocial working factors such as job control, job demands, job insecurity, supervisor support, and workplace bullying as risk factors for suicide ideation.
Methods: We used a logistic analytic approach to assess risk factors for thoughts of suicide in a cross-sectional sample of working Australians. Potential predictors included psychosocial job stressors (described above); we also controlled for age, gender, occupational skill level, and psychological distress.
Results: We found that workplace bullying or harassment was associated with 1.54 greater odds of suicide ideation (95% confidence interval 1.64 to 2.05) in the model including psychological distress. Results also suggest that higher job control and security were associated with lower odds of suicide ideation.
Conclusions: These results suggest the need for organizational level intervention to address psychosocial job stressors, including bullying.

Source: Milner, Allison; Page, Kathryn; Witt, Katrinal; LaMontagne, Anthony D. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: June 2016, Volume 58, Issue 6, p. 584-587.

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