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Potentially Traumatic Events and Job Satisfaction

A Prospective Population-Based Comparative Study

van der Velden, Peter G. PhD; Setti, Ilaria PhD; Bosmans, Mark W.G. PhD; Muffels, Ruud J.A. PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: March 2018 - Volume 60 - Issue 3 - p e126–e133
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001237

Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of potentially traumatic events (PTEs), posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), and coping self-efficacy (CSE) on post-event job satisfaction.

Methods: Repeated analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to assess differences in the course of job satisfaction during 1 year between population-based samples of affected and nonaffected workers. Multivariate regression analyses were conducted with pre-event health, job satisfaction and insecurity, and postevent PTSS and CSE as predictors.

Results: About 16% of the affected workers had probable PTSD. The course of job satisfaction between affected (n = 123) and nonaffected workers (n = 644) did not differ significantly. PTSS and CSE did not independently predict post-event satisfaction, in contrast to pre-event job satisfaction.

Conclusion: Findings suggest that when needed social support is provided, concerns about the negative effects of potentially traumatic events on job satisfaction could be somewhat relaxed.

INTERVICT, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands (Dr van der Velden); Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia PV, Italy (Dr Setti); and REFLECT, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands (Drs Bosmans, Muffels).

Address correspondence to: Peter G. van der Velden, PhD, INTERVICT, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB Tilburg, The Netherlands. ( or

This study is part of a larger project on trauma and coping self-efficacy made possible by a grant of Victim Support Fund (Fonds Slachtofferhulp, The Netherlands; number 090518/ivp).

The authors have no conflicts of interest.

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