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  1. Hostility and registered sickness absences : a prospective study of municipal employees.

    Article - En anglais


    Prior evidence on the relationship between hostility and minor health problems is limited to cross-sectional self-report studies.

    In the present study, this relationship was examined prospectively.


    Hostility of 1077 municipal employees was measured by a questionnaire survey and minor health problems by using 4-year register-based absence data including medically certificated diagnoses.


    High hostility predicted a high total number of long-term sickness absence spells among men, but not among women.

    In separate diagnostic categories (musculo-skeletal, traumas and injuries, respiratory), hostility related positively and linearly to absences due to traumatic causes and curvilinearly (U-shape) to absences due to musculo-skeletal causes.

    Controlling the effects of health risk behaviour and demographic background did not significantly change these figures.

    However, health risk behaviour moderated the relations of hostility to overall long-term sickness absences, and to traumatic and musculo-skeletal absences, being significantly stronger in high-risk groups.

    No association was found between hostility and non-certificated short-term absence spells.


    The results suggest that hostility plays a role in the aetiology of minor health problems.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Absentéisme, Activité professionnelle, Employé, Maladie, Hostilité, Personnalité, Etiologie, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Absenteeism, Professional activity, Employee, Disease, Hostility, Personality, Etiology, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0324738

    Code Inist : 002A26L10. Création : 12/09/1997.