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Employees' negative and positive work–home interaction and their association with depressive symptoms
Article first published online: 19 SEP 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 5, pages 590–598, May 2013
How to Cite
Nitzsche, A., Jung, J., Pfaff, H. and Driller, E. (2013), Employees' negative and positive work–home interaction and their association with depressive symptoms. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 590–598. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22121
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 19 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 AUG 2012
- German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Union, the European Social Fund. Grant Number: 01FH09045
- Köln Fortune, grant from the University Hospital of Cologne. Grant Number: 77/2010
- work–life balance;
- work–home interaction;
- work–home conflict;
- depressive symptoms;
- mental health;
- prevention of depression
Depression is the leading cause of disability and high costs worldwide. One possibility for preventing depression in the workplace, which has received little consideration so far, is the promotion of a successful balance between work and personal life. The aim of this study was to investigate employees' negative and positive work–home interaction and their association with depressive symptoms.
A cross-sectional study was conducted in the micro- and nanotechnology sector in Germany. A stepwise multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed using data from N = 213 employees.
The results suggest that while negative work–home interaction is associated with an increased risk for depressive symptoms, positive work–home interaction is correlated with a lower risk. Neither positive nor negative interaction in the home-to-work direction demonstrated a significant association with depressive symptoms.
When attempting to prevent mental illnesses, such as depression, it is important to develop strategies aimed at reducing conflict between work and personal life and promoting a positive exchange between these two domains. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:590–598, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.