Martin, A and Kilpatrick, M and Scott, J and Cocker, F and Dawkins, S and Brough, P and Sanderson, K, Protecting the mental health of small-to-medium enterprise owners: a randomized control trial evaluating a self-administered versus telephone supported intervention, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62, (7) pp. 503-510. ISSN 1076-2752 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Objective: Small-medium enterprises (SMEs) are under-represented in occupational health research. Owner/managers face mental ill-health risks/exacerbating factors including financial stress and long hours. This study assessed the effectiveness of a mental health intervention specifically for SME owner/managers.
Methods: 297 owner/managers of SMEs were recruited and invited to complete a baseline survey assessing their mental health and wellbeing and were then randomly allocated to one of three intervention groups: 1) self-administered, 2) self-administered plus telephone, or 3) an active control condition. After a four-month intervention period they were followed up with a second survey.
Results: Intention to treat analyses showed a significant decrease in psychological distress for both the active control and the telephone facilitated intervention groups, with the telephone group demonstrating a greater ratio of change.
Conclusion: The provision of telephone support for self-administered interventions in this context appears warranted.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||mental health, small business, intervention, mental health intervention, randomized control trial, small business, small-medium enterprises|
|Research Division:||Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services|
|Research Group:||Human resources and industrial relations|
|Research Field:||Occupational and workplace health and safety|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental health|
|UTAS Author:||Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)|
|UTAS Author:||Kilpatrick, M (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)|
|UTAS Author:||Scott, J (Professor Jenn Scott)|
|UTAS Author:||Cocker, F (Dr Fiona Cocker)|
|UTAS Author:||Dawkins, S (Dr Sarah Dawkins)|
|Funding Support:||Australian Research Council (LP0990010)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||8|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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