Job demands and psychological well-being within Danish prosecutors - A prospective cohort study on psychosocial work environment, well-being and sickness absence among Danish prosecutors

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Danish prosecutors play a crucial role in the Danish legal system. But due to work content and organizational conditions they are at an increased risk of developing mental health problems like burnout and secondary traumatization.

The aim of the study is:
- To investigate the association between high quantitative and emotional demands at work and development of work related mental health problems and sickness absence in the Danish prosecutors.
- To investigate what workplace preventive initiatives that can moderate the association between quantitative and emotionel demands and work related mental health problems and sickness absence.

ADAPT is a mixed methods study. The study I based on a three-year prospective chort of all Danish prosecutors. Data is collected through survey questionnaires combined with organization data on registered sickness absence as well as registered case type and caseload. The study also utilizes qualitative semi structured interviews, to investigate the prosecutors' experiences of legal proceedings in court as well as their experience of social support.

Institution of primary responsibility
The Danish National Center of Psychotraumatology, Institute for Psychology, University of Southern Denmark, and Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Odense University Hospital

Contactperson from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Maria Louison Vang

The Prosecution Service; The Director of Public Prosecution The National Center of Psychotraumatology, dep.of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark and Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Odense University Hospital.

Short titleADAPT
Effective start/end date01/03/202231/12/2026

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