Potentially traumatic events and job satisfaction: A prospective population-based comparative study

Peter van der Velden, I. Setti, Mark Bosmans, Ruud Muffels

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Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of potentially traumatic events (PTEs), posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), and coping self-efficacy (CSE) on post-event job satisfaction. Methods: Repeated analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to assess differences in the course of job satisfaction during 1 year between population-based samples of affected and non-affected workers. Multivariate regression analyses were conducted with pre-event health, job satisfaction and insecurity, and post- event PTSS and CSE as predictors. Results: About 16% of the affected workers had probable PTSD. The course of job satisfaction between affected (n 1⁄4 123) and non-affected workers (n 1⁄4 644) did not differ significantly. PTSS and CSE did not independently predict post-event satisfaction, in contrast to pre-event job satisfaction. Conclusion: Findings suggest that when needed social support is provided, concerns about the negative effects of potentially traumatic events on job satisfaction could be somewhat relaxed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number60,3
Pages (from-to)226-233
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


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