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Individual and contextual correlates of managers' attitudes towards depressed employees


Martin, A, Individual and contextual correlates of managers' attitudes towards depressed employees, Human Resource Management, 49, (4) pp. 647-668. ISSN 0090-4848 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/hrm.20370


Managers’ attitudes toward depressed employees play an important role in effectively managing depression in the workplace. The present study pilot tested a survey measure of managers’ attitudes toward depressed employees (n = 225). Exploratory factor analysis showed evidence of cognitive, affective, and behavioral dimensions in the measure of attitudes. Regression analyses examined relationships between the measure and a range of proposed individual and contextual correlates. Results showed that more negative attitudes toward depressed employees were endorsed by managers who reported a more internal locus of control, higher levels of stress, less familiarity with depression, and greater reticence to seek help. Managers who perceived their organizations to have unsupportive depression disclosure norms reported higher levels of stigma, and those whose organizations had a clear mental health strategy reported lower levels of stigma. The fi ndings have important implications for developing human resource management strategies that deal with the increasing incidence and impact of depression in the workplace.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:depression, stigma, employee mental health, manager attitudes
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:64807
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2010-09-01
Last Modified:2011-03-21
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