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Raising the profile of depression in the workplace

Lawson, Katrina, Rodwell, John and Noblet, Andrew 2009, Raising the profile of depression in the workplace, in ANZAM 2009 : Proceedings of the 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009, Promaco Conventions, [Canning Bridge, W.A.], pp. 1-20.

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Title Raising the profile of depression in the workplace
Author(s) Lawson, Katrina
Rodwell, John
Noblet, Andrew
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Conference (23rd : 2009 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 1-4 December 2009
Title of proceedings ANZAM 2009 : Proceedings of the 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Start page 1
End page 20
Publisher Promaco Conventions
Place of publication [Canning Bridge, W.A.]
Keyword(s) depression
mental health
ROC curve
prevalence
workforce
Summary The prevalence of depression in the Australian workforce is unknown. Epidemiological surveys (e.g., the National Health Survey and National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing) do not routinely include a depression scale and within the mental health field, few studies focus on depression and employment groups specifically. Although the inclusion of a direct measure of depression in  national surveys is preferable, the prevalence of depression may be inferred from short screening scales of general mental health. In this paper, scores on the  General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and the Kessler psychological distress scale (K10) for a sample of employed persons were mapped onto the CES-D (Iowa) measure of depression. The results of this study indicate that the  recommended GHQ-12 cut-off point is appropriate for estimating work-related depression prevalence. However, the cut-off point on the K10 (the short-scale  currently used in Australian national surveys) may need to be substantially  reduced if scores on the K10 are to be used to identify workers at risk of  depression. The routine inclusion of a direct depression measure in national  surveys is recommended, particularly considering the number of employed persons in Australia and large proportion of the sample classified as depressed in this study.
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Language eng
Field of Research 150311 Organisational Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, Promaco Conventions
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