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Third wave of the longitudinal study of mental health at work (S-MGA III)

Project number: F 2478 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2026-06-30


The study on mental health at work (S-MGA) offers a data basis unique in Germany for the analysis of etiological relationships between working and employment conditions, mental health, work/functional ability and participation in employment. With the third survey wave, the participants of the first and second waves will be interviewed again. The third wave also includes a refresher sample (increase in the number of participants in birth cohorts already taken into account) and an addition of younger birth cohorts. As in the first wave, a random sample is drawn from the target population (employees subject to social insurance contributions in Germany) so that there is again a representative baseline and the sample size also offers sufficient power for the analysis of specific questions in individual subgroups. A total of 10,000 persons are to be interviewed (2,000 in the panel).

The main topics of the planned analyses are

  1. dynamic relationships between work and health,
  2. influence of socioemotional exposure factors on health,
  3. predictors of exit from work,
  4. predictors and effects of occupational transitions and
  5. effects of digitisation.

In order to address these issues, the survey will be slightly modified. Due to the high data quality, S-MGA is not only of great interest for science, but also of relevance for research-based policy advice as well as for practical target groups such as company physicians and health insurance funds.


Unit 3.4 "Mental Health and Cognitive Capacity"

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