Antecedents of psychological well-being among Swedish audit firm employees

Pernilla Broberg, Torbjörn Tagesson, Timurs Umans

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The attractiveness of audit firms as employers appears to have decreased in recent years and the audit profession is currently experiencing high employee turnover. A shortage of personnel increases the risk of long-term stress and illness. This paper therefore proposes audit firm employees' well-being as an important research topic and explores the antecedents of well-being of Swedish audit firm employees in comparison with those of other business professionals. Based on a nationwide survey of members of the Swedish association of business professionals, with a focus on psychological well-being (measured through General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12)), the study shows that the psychological well-being of the professionals in this study generally aligns with the results from similar studies in a Swedish context. However, the findings indicate that audit industry respondents have the lowest psychological well-being and that employer change, job satisfaction, and life satisfaction were the strongest antecedents of their psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Economics and Business (502)
  • Psychology (501)


  • GHQ-12
  • audit firm employees
  • auditors
  • business professionals
  • psychological well-being


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