Table 1

 Odds ratios (OR) and incidence proportion (I) of identified predictive factors and sickness absence due to psychosocial health complaints

Risk factorsMenWomen
ORI (%)ORI (%)
*p<0.05. 95% CI in parentheses.
General health factors
Prior absenceNo v one time1.95 (1.34–2.84)*3.1
No v two times3.32 (1.81–6.10)*5.1
No v three times4.43 (1.34–14.65)*6.7
Repetitive movementsNo v yes1.56 (1.01–2.42)*5.1
Mental health factors
Hard to relax after working dayNo v yes2.91 (2.06–4.12)*4.2
Feeling exhausted after working dayNo v yes2.65 (1.83–3.83)*3.3
Trouble concentrating after working dayNo v yes2.51 (1.77–3.57)*4.0
Compulsive thinkingNever v sometimes2.32 (1.46–3.67)*2.4
Never v often4.72 (2.73–8.16)*4.7
Never v always5.72 (2.14–15.31)*5.7
Being shy among othersNever v sometimes0.57 (0.36–0.91)*3.3
Never v often0.94 (0.32–2.76)5.4
Being mentally fatiguedNo v yes2.79 (1.97–3.95)*4.12.79 (1.80–4.33)*7.2
Tired facing another dayNever v seldom3.18 (1.31–7.73)*4.6
Never v regular8.59 (3.36–21.93)*11.5
Never v often3.57 (0.98–12.96)5.1
Never v very frequent6.60 (1.94–22.44)*9.1
Never v daily5.50 (1.95–15.55)*7.7
Burned outNever v seldom2.34 (1.12–4.88)*4.5
Never v regular2.87 (1.17–7.01)*5.5
Never v often6.04 (2.38–15.36)*10.8
Never v very frequent8.44 (3.28–21.69)*14.5
Being less interested in workNever v seldom1.20 (0.62–2.33)3.8
Never v regular1.32 (0.46–3.79)4.2
Never v often4.06 (1.51–10.94)*11.9
Never v very frequent2.50 (0.57–10.99)7.7
Never v daily2.73 (0.34–21.72)8.3
Feeling unhappy and depressedNo v hardly1.56 (0.86–2.83)3.4
No v sometimes3.26 (1.77–5.99)*6.8
No v often5.65 (2.63–13.51)*11.3
Work related factors
Being familiar with responsibilitiesYes v no1.77 (0.99–3.15)1.3
Receiving support from supervisorFully agree v agree1.20 (0.55–2.63)1.6
Fully agree v disagree2.80 (1.26–6.24)*3.7
Fully agree v fully disagree3.66 (1.44–9.29)*4.8
In case of problems at work, going toFamily doctor (no v yes)2.76 (1.69–4.50)*5.2
Social worker (no v yes)2.81 (1.56–5.06)*5.5
Experienced shocking things at workNo v yes2.49 (1.11–5.60)*6.7
Finding salary of colleagues reasonableYes v no2.09 (1.37–3.20)*3.2
Playing useful partOften v sometimes1.22 (0.34–4.40)9.0
Often v hardly3.61 (1.06–12.31)*3.2
Often v never3.46 (0.78–15.40)3.4
Obligatory change in working daysNo v yes3.94 (1.51–10.28)*9.9
Experiencing work as too simpleNo v yes2.25 (1.31–3.86)*7.5
Having conflicts with colleaguesNo v yes2.57 (1.29–5.12)*8.7
Being free from conflicting demandsFully agree v agree1.17 (0.41–3.31)3.2
Fully agree v disagree2.02 (0.70–5.81)5.4
Fully agree v fully disagree1.64 (0.36–7.54)4.4
Private factors
Being satisfied with financial situationYes v no2.42 (1.68–3.49)*4.1
Living together with partnerNo v yes2.31 (1.13–4.74)*2.3
Doing small jobs in leisure timeYes v no1.62 (1.14–2.31)*3.0
Having hobbies in leisure timeYes v no2.37 (1.39–4.06)*4.7
Following additional education for the jobNo v yes1.85 (1.05–3.25)*3.7
Having professional help at homeNo v yes4.99 (1.08–23.14)*16.7
Having housekeeping helpNo v yes1.55 (0.98–2.46)5.3
Keeping houseNo v yes, alone1.47 (0.35–6.23)3.3
No v together with partner2.06 (0.49–8.62)4.6
Living aloneNo v yes1.91 (1.09–3.35)*6.5
Having time left next to work/familyYes v no2.28 (1.59–3.27)*2.9