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A chicken and the egg problem: Self efficacy, sickness absence and return to work

Julian Fernando

If you feel you can cope with a difficult situation will you get back to work earlier?

Take Home Messages: People with long term sickness absence have less confidence in their own ability to cope. This drop in confidence seems to be a consequence of their absence, rather than a cause. When people have a condition that keeps them away from work, they tend to lose confidence in their own ability to cope with returning.  This low confidence can be just as disabling as physical pain.  Sickness absence is not ju...

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