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Psychosocial Working Conditions and Suicide Ideation: Evidence From a Cross-Sectional Survey of Working Australians.

Milner, Allison PhD; Page, Kathryn DClinPsych; Witt, Katrina DPhil; LaMontagne, Anthony AD, ScD
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: Post Author Corrections: May 18, 2016
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000700
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Objectives: This study examined the relationship between psychosocial working factors such as job control, job demands, job insecurity, supervisor support, and workplace bullying as risk factors for suicide ideation.

Methods: We used a logistic analytic approach to assess risk factors for thoughts of suicide in a cross-sectional sample of working Australians. Potential predictors included psychosocial job stressors (described above); we also controlled for age, gender, occupational skill level, and psychological distress.

Results: We found that workplace bullying or harassment was associated with 1.54 greater odds of suicide ideation (95% confidence interval 1.64 to 2.05) in the model including psychological distress. Results also suggest that higher job control and security were associated with lower odds of suicide ideation.

Conclusions: These results suggest the need for organizational level intervention to address psychosocial job stressors, including bullying.

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