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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e318237a1b6
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Exploring the Association Between Social Capital and Depressive Symptoms: Results of a Survey in German Information and Communication Technology Companies

Jung, Julia PhD; Ernstmann, Nicole PhD; Nitzsche, Anika Dip/Soz; Driller, Elke PhD; Kowalski, Christoph PhD; Lehner, Birgit MA; Stieler-Lorenz, Brigitte PhD; Friepörtner, Katharina PhD; Schmidt, Anna MSc; Pfaff, Holger PhD

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Objective: This study examines the association between social capital at work and depressive symptoms in employees.

Methods: Data for this cross-sectional study were collected through an online survey with the full population of employees from six companies in the German information and communication technology sector (response rate: 58.4%). A multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed.

Results: Results of data from a total of 328 employees suggest that, after controlling for sociodemographic factors, health awareness, and job strain, lower levels of perceived social capital at work are associated with the experience of depressive symptoms (OR = 0.76; 95% CI: 0.64–0.90).

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that characteristics of high social capital at work, such as an established environment of trust and a sense of common values and convictions, could be an essential resource for preventing depressive disorders.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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