Pride, empowerment and return to work: On the significance of positive social emotions in the rehabilitation of sickness absentees
2006 (English)In: Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 27, no 1, 57-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sickness absence is a great public health problem and there is a lack of knowledge concerning the hows and whys of success or failure in promoting return to work of sick-listed persons. Discussions of and research into social and psychological aspects of this problem area are in need of theoretical contextualisation. In this paper it is suggested that theories of social emotions may be useful, and that the concept of empowerment can be applied provided that it is reasonably well defined. The notions of pride/shame and empowerment are elucidated and discussed, and it is shown that they can be related in the context of research into emotional dimensions of sickness absentees' experiences of the rehabilitation process in a way that may help to guide empirical studies. A simple model of hypothetical relations between pride/shame, empowerment/disempowerment, work ability, health, and return to work is sketched.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 27, no 1, 57-65 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14290OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14290DiVA: diva2:23110