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Soc Sci Med. 2009 Sep;69(5):777-85. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.06.029.

Perceived job insecurity and worker health in the United States.

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  • 1Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 48109-1382, United States. burgards@umich.edu

Abstract

Economic recessions, the industrial shift from manufacturing toward service industries, and rising global competition have contributed to uncertainty about job security, with potential consequences for workers' health. To address limitations of prior research on the health consequences of perceived job insecurity, we use longitudinal data from two nationally-representative samples of the United States population, and examine episodic and persistent perceived job insecurity over periods of about three years to almost a decade. Results show that persistent perceived job insecurity is a significant and substantively important predictor of poorer self-rated health in the American's Changing Lives (ACL) and Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) samples, and of depressive symptoms among ACL respondents. Job losses or unemployment episodes are associated with perceived job insecurity, but do not account for its association with health. Results are robust to controls for sociodemographic and job characteristics, negative reporting style, and earlier health and health behaviors.

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PMCID:
PMC2757283
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