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Workers' compensation for psychological injury: Personal and environmental correlates


Haines, J and Williams, CL and Carson, JM, Workers' compensation for psychological injury: Personal and environmental correlates, Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 22, (3) pp. 183-194. ISSN 1051-9815 (2004) [Refereed Article]


The aim of this study was to determine the personal and environmental factors that contribute to the lodging of a workers' compensation claim for psychological injury. Four groups were compared: individuals who had lodged a workers' compensation claim, people who had sought psychological assistance for the management of work-related stress reactions but who had not lodged a workers' compensation claim; people who had experienced stress symptoms but who had not lodged a claim or sought help; and people who experienced stressful work events but who had not developed symptoms. Examination was made of cognitive distortion, irrational beliefs and coping resources as individual factors, and stressful life events, daily hassles and work environment factors as environmental variables. The Compensation group was distinguished from other groups only on the basis of work environmental factors. The implications of these results in the understanding of the decision to lodge a workers' compensation claim are considered. © 2004 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Haines, J (Dr Janet Haines)
UTAS Author:Williams, CL (Dr Christopher Williams)
UTAS Author:Carson, JM (Dr Jacqueline Carson)
ID Code:29724
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-04-27

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