The project will focus on developing knowledge about the extent to which organisational and psychosocial factors in working life, as well as factors related to unpaid domestic work, can explain the increase in common mental disorders and sickness absence for such disorders in certain branches and professions in Sweden. The first research question concerns whether increased common mental disorders among employees in female-dominated branches, workplaces and occupations in recent years are related to negative developments in organisational and psychosocial work factors in these establishments. The focus will be on the association between gender segregation in working life and mental health and how this association is mediated by organisational factors and psychosocial working conditions. The second research question concerns the work and life situation of employees in social welfare occupations. Here, a wide range of psychosocial working conditions, time spent in paid and unpaid “contact work”, as well as work-related rewards, such as salary, will be investigated.

The aim is to generate knowledge about the extent to which differences in these factors can explain differences in mental ill-health and sickness absence between a) social welfare and other professions, b) different types of social welfare professions, and c) men and women in the same type of social welfare profession. Both research questions will be investigated using data primarily from SLOSH. The position involves advanced statistical modelling of these longitudinal cohort data. 

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