Work absence as a function of a national traumatic event: The case of Prime Minister Rabin's assassination

T. Kushnir, Y. Fried, R. Malkinson

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Abstract

Most research on absenteeism has focused on the effects of individual and work-related factors, to the exclusion of the effects of societal and political events external to the individual and his/her specific work conditions. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the emotional reaction to the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin in Israel and work absenteeism during the period following the assassination. It was hypothesized that: (1) emotional reaction is positively related to absenteeism; (2) this relationship is stronger among female employees than among male employees; and (3) this relationship is stronger for individuals who are pessimistic about the future as opposed to those who are optimistic. These hypotheses were supported by data collected from a random sample of 199 working adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-273
Number of pages9
JournalWork and Stress
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Absenteeism
  • Gender
  • Optimism
  • Trauma

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