The effect of occupational and workplace gender composition on sickness absence

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: : To examine whether gender composition of the occupation or the workplace is associated with sickness absence, whether the gender composition accounts for the observed female excess in sickness absence, and whether gender composition explains variation in sickness absence rates between occupations and workplaces.

METHODS: : Random effects models conducted among Helsinki employees (N = 36,395).

RESULTS: : Women and men working in women-dominated occupations and workplaces had more short-term (1 to 3 days') sickness absence. Gender composition of the occupation and the workplace partly explained gender differences in short-term but not in intermediate (4 to 14 days') and long-term (>2 weeks') absence. Gender composition also explained variation in short-term sickness absence among occupations and workplaces, but this was partly accounted for by social class, income, and job contract type.

CONCLUSIONS: : The results are consistent with the assumption that short-term sickness absence reflects cultures and norms shaping sickness absence behavior.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume54
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)224-230
Number of pages7
ISSN1076-2752
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • SEX SEGREGATION
  • SWEDISH COUNTY
  • EMPLOYED WOMEN
  • WORK
  • HEALTH
  • INEQUALITIES
  • ABSENTEEISM
  • ASSOCIATION
  • LEAVE
  • 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health

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