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Poor team climate associated with lower mental health

Poor ‘team climate’ at work is significantly associated with depressive disorders, according to research on a nationally representative sample of 3,347 Finnish workers (though it remains possible that those with poor mental health also have a lower perception of team climate than healthy colleagues). Poor team climate, measured using a self-assessment scale from the Finnish Healthy Organisation Questionnaire, also predicted use of antidepressant medication but was not associated with alcohol-use disorders.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009; Online first: doi 10.1136/oem.2008.043299  http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2009/04/09/oem.2008.043299.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1) pp41-42