The article vetting process continues.
It can be hard to read through some of the research on this topic. Here is a quote from a qualitative study by Cacciarro & Kirsh (2006) on the mental health needs of injured workers:
“It’s just a domino effect. It’s affecting my children. My kids come home from school and I haven’t got dinner made because I haven’t got the energy to make it. And they’re, we want mom back. We want our old mom back.”(p.182)
Nevermind the lack of compassion that injured workers often feel when dealing with compensation systems, the alienation and stigma surrounding injuries, and having to come to terms with temporary or permanent unemployment.
That aside, my supervisor and I (along with several other colleagues) have started to look at these indirect or vicarious effects of work injuries on the mental health of teenagers and some preliminary findings suggest that living with an injured parent has a bigger detrimental impact on mental health than do injuries experienced directly by young workers. An area of research that I suspect will get increasing attention in the coming years.
Cacciacarro, L., & Kirsh, B. (2006). Exploring the mental health needs of injured workers. Candian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(3), 178-187.