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Work potential of road accident survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Abstract

Work potential in adult survivors of road accidents with and without post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was examined at a mean of 8.6 months (SD = 3.77) post-accident. All participants were working prior to their accident. Results showed that survivors with PTSD had significantly less work potential post-accident than survivors without PTSD. Specific barriers to employability for survivors with PTSD identified by this study included high levels of depression, reduced time-management ability, and an over-concern or anxiety with physical injuries. Respondents with PTSD, however, reported significantly greater extrinsic motivation to work than those without PTSD. Early intervention and referral to occupational rehabilitation programs that: (1) help address these barriers to employability and stimulate the existing motivation to return to work, and (2) work alongside clinical treatment programs, may assist in the reduction of poor work outcomes that people with PTSD following road accidents often experience.

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    Behaviour research and therapy 43:4 2005 Apr pg 475-83

    MeSH

    Accidents, Traffic
    Adult
    Employment
    Female
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Motivation
    Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
    Retrospective Studies
    Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
    Work

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    15701358

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Work potential of road accident survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder. A1 - Matthews,Lynda R, PY - 2003/Oct/8/received PY - 2004/Mar/1/revised PY - 2004/Mar/15/accepted PY - 2005/2/11/pubmed PY - 2005/7/26/medline PY - 2005/2/11/entrez SP - 475 EP - 83 JF - Behaviour research and therapy JO - Behav Res Ther VL - 43 IS - 4 N2 - Work potential in adult survivors of road accidents with and without post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was examined at a mean of 8.6 months (SD = 3.77) post-accident. All participants were working prior to their accident. Results showed that survivors with PTSD had significantly less work potential post-accident than survivors without PTSD. Specific barriers to employability for survivors with PTSD identified by this study included high levels of depression, reduced time-management ability, and an over-concern or anxiety with physical injuries. Respondents with PTSD, however, reported significantly greater extrinsic motivation to work than those without PTSD. Early intervention and referral to occupational rehabilitation programs that: (1) help address these barriers to employability and stimulate the existing motivation to return to work, and (2) work alongside clinical treatment programs, may assist in the reduction of poor work outcomes that people with PTSD following road accidents often experience. SN - 0005-7967 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15701358/Work_potential_of_road_accident_survivors_with_post_traumatic_stress_disorder_ L2 - http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0005-7967(04)00089-0 ER -