Optimism and pessimism as predictors of change in health after death or onset of severe illness in family.

@article{Kivimki2005OptimismAP,
  title={Optimism and pessimism as predictors of change in health after death or onset of severe illness in family.},
  author={Mika Kivim{\"a}ki and Jussi Vahtera and Marko Elovainio and Hans Helenius and Archana Singh‐Manoux and Jaana Pentti},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={2005},
  volume={24 4},
  pages={
          413-21
        }
}
  • M. Kivimäki, J. Vahtera, +3 authors J. Pentti
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
The authors prospectively examined changes in health after a major life event (death or onset of severe illness in family) among 5,007 employees (mean age=44.8 years) whose optimism and pessimism levels were assessed in 1997 and major life events in 2000. Health was indicated by sickness absence days during a period covering 36 months prior to the event and 18 months after the event. Increase in sick days after the event was smaller and returned to the prevent level more quickly among highly… Expand
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