Does Midlife Forgetfulness Influence Positive and Negative Aspects of Social Relations at Work? Results From the Danish Working Environment Cohort Study

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  • Kazi Ishtiak-Ahmed
  • Åse Marie Hansen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Erik Lykke Mortensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Anne Helene Garde, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Matias Brødsgaard Grynderup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Finn Gyntelberg
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  • Sabrina Islamoska, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Rikke Lund, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Thien Kieu Thi Phung, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Gunhild Waldemar, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether midlife forgetfulness was prospectively associated with changes in social relations at work (SRW) among occupationally active individuals in Denmark. METHODS: We analyzed data of 2339 men and women participating in the first (1990) and second (1995) survey of the Danish Work Environment Cohort Study, responding to questions on working environment, SRW, and forgetfulness. We used multiple linear regression analysis while adjusting for potential confounders. RESULTS: At baseline (1990), 517 (22.1%) study participants were categorized as forgetful. Forgetfulness was prospectively associated with a decline in one of the investigated items reflecting a negative aspect of SRW (experiencing teasing, regression coefficient = 0.07, 95% CI: 0.03 to 0.11), while no association was observed with positive aspects of SRW. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings did not support the hypothesis that memory problems such as midlife forgetfulness negatively affect SRW.

TidsskriftJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Sider (fra-til)738-745
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2020

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