Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Lynn Shaw

Second Advisor

Dr. Lilian Magalhaes

Third Advisor

Dr. Thelma Sumsion


Mental illness is currently the leading cause for disability claims in Canadian organizations. A Workplace Mental Health Risk Assessment (WMHRA) was developed to facilitate primary prevention initiatives. This thesis explored the content validity of the items generated for this assessment. Two rounds of the Delphi method were utilized to gain consensus from various experts regarding the importance of items. Experts included workers, human resource personnel, supervisors, occupational therapists and physicians. Consensus was achieved on 18 items to be maintained and 10 were eliminated, and rewording was required for 23 items. Therefore, at this stage of the development process, the WMHRA includes 36 items. The WMHRA aims to assist organizations with the crucial shift from reaction to prevention of mental illness in the workplace.



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