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J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Sep;54(9):1101-6. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182677dad.

Perceived job insecurity and health: the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study.

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

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between perceived job insecurity in the next 12 months and current health with a sample representing working-aged employed adults in southeast Michigan in late 2009/early 2010 (n, 440 to 443).

METHODS:

Logistic regression was used to compare the health of participants who perceived job insecurity with those who did not, with adjustments for objective employment problems and social characteristics.

RESULTS:

Insecure workers were more likely to report fair or poor self-rated health (odds ratio [OR], 2.68; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.14 to 6.32), symptoms suggesting major or minor depression (OR, 6.76; 95% CI, 3.34 to 13.3), and anxiety attacks (OR, 3.73; 95% CI, 1.40 to 9.97), even after correction for confounding factors.

CONCLUSION:

This study provides evidence that perceived job insecurity may be linked to health even among those who avoided unemployment in the late-2000s recession.

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