WA: Fact Check: Do a quarter of SA employees suffer from depression?

WA: Fact Check: Do a quarter of SA employees suffer from depression?

- Numerous publications have reported the statistic that 1 in 4 South African employees suffers from depression

- However, the stat is based on a flawed study

- As a result, there is no way of proving that the claim is true

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The claim that one in four South African employees has depression has been circulating on social media and on various media outlets.

The stat is usually attributed to a study conducted by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), but the organisation has since said that they were not behind the research.

Additionally, the study has a number of problems, and as a result cannot be used to draw conclusions about the country as a whole.

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The first flaw in the study is that it is very limited, Briefly.co.za has gathered. It was published in 2016 and the results were drawn from an online survey of 1 061 employees, according to AfricaCheck.

The study asked respondents if they ever had ever been diagnosed with depression, to which 26.2% of people answered "Yes". However, the study was self-reported, which poses another limitation to its reliability. For example, there is no way to verify these diagnoses of depression.

Furthermore, the survey was conducted online, which means that it excludes all employees who do not have internet access. This also makes it less representative of the South African workforce as a whole. As a result, at least one expert says that the results of the study cannot be generalised across all of society.

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In conclusion, the study does not support the claim that 1 in 4 employees in South Africa suffers from depression. In fact, there is no research at this point in time which supports such a claim.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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