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The Impact Employee Gender, Mental Health Diagnosis, and Supervisor Involvement Has on an Individual’s Ability to Return to Work
by Scott, Elizabeth R., Psy.D., Capella University, 2021, 181; 28323394
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study was to determine if the variables of workplace stakeholders of either supervisors or human resources, gender, or type of mental health condition may influence return to work from a mental health disability. The study is important as the human and financial cost of absence is high for both employers and employees. There are many workplace and social implications to mental health absences. The research questions were established to examine if the independent variables made a statistically significant difference in the dependent variable of time lost from work following a mental health disability. Is there a statistically significant difference in the dependent variable of the return to work duration of employees following a mental health absence when workplace stakeholders, gender, and mental health condition are taken into consideration? The research methodology used for the study was a quantitative, non-experimental, ex post-facto approach. Aggregate records with no identification were made available by a third-party disability management firm. The sample includes the archived records of working individuals in Canadian workplaces that had a mental health disability claim resulting in lost time and a return to work. The population was from private sector workplaces and within the working-age category of 18 to 65 years old. Short term disability claims have a start date of five days and a maximum of 182 days. A three-way ANOVA was used to analyze the data in SPSS. The study's findings indicate that supervisor involvement has a statistically significant difference, demonstrating lower days lost on a mental health claim. The type of mental health claim, gender, a combination of the independent variables were not found to be significant. This study provides evidence of the necessity to continue to research and explore ways to determine variables that may influence return to work from mental health conditions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hale, Todd
Commitee: Olsen, Brigit, Cable, Lynda, Pinnow, Eleni
School: Capella University
Department: School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 82/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Management, Behavioral psychology, Mental health
Keywords: Absence management, Case management, Disability management, Return to work, Sick leave
Publication Number: 28323394
ISBN: 9798597062914
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