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Psychological distress and related work attendance among small-to-medium enterprise owner/managers: literature review and research agenda

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Cocker, F and Martin, A and Scott, J and Venn, A and Sanderson, K, Psychological distress and related work attendance among small-to-medium enterprise owner/managers: literature review and research agenda, International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 14, (4) pp. 219-236. ISSN 1746-5729 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14623730.2013.771036

Abstract

Small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) may experience the antecedents and consequences of depression more acutely than larger organizations. Managing depressionrelated sickness absenteeism and presenteeism, and associated productivity loss may also be more challenging because the SME’s size and structure make administration, finance, and responsibilities of human resources difficult. This may diminish the growth and long-term sustainability of SME. However, the mental health of the SME workforce is a neglected sector in occupational health research and practice, despite the contribution it makes to developed economies worldwide. This study aims to review the literature on current stress, burnout, and depression, and uses existing knowledge of SME structure and characteristics to propose a theory as to why this may be the case. Further, using the information garnered, it developed a model to guide future research designed to test these assumptions, and inform the development of workplace mental health promotion programmes tailored to the needs of the SME sector.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:depression, absenteeism, presenteeism, SMEs, research agenda
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Occupational Health
Author:Cocker, F (Dr Fiona Cocker)
Author:Martin, A (Associate Professor Angela Martin)
Author:Scott, J (Professor Jenn Scott)
Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
Author:Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:84002
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2013-04-09
Last Modified:2017-10-20
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