Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Am J Ind Med. 2016 Dec;59(12):1105-1111. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22633. Epub 2016 Jul 18.

Association between long work hours and poor self-reported general health among Latin American immigrant and native workers in the United States and Spain.

Author information

1
Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas.
2
Department of Community Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and History of Science, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
3
Public Health Research Group, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain.
4
Center for Research in Occupational Health (CiSAL), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.
5
Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Barcelona, Spain.
6
Center for Biomedical Network Research on Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The relationship between hours worked per week and self-reported general health (SRGH) has not been assessed in Latin American immigrant and native workers across host countries.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional study of the association between long work hours (LWH) (i.e., >51 hr per week) and poor SRGH using data from 2,626 workers in the United States (immigrants = 10.4%) and 8,306 workers in Spain (immigrants = 4.1%).

RESULTS:

Both countries' natives working >51 hr per week had increased odds of reporting poor SRGH compared to those working fewer hours (U.S.: OR = 1.59; 95%CI = 1.01-2.49; Spain: OR = 2.17; 95%CI = 1.71-2.75); when stratified by sex, increased odds also were observed among immigrant female workers in Spain (OR = 3.47; 95%CI = 1.15-10.5).

CONCLUSIONS:

LWH were associated with differential health outcomes in populations of native and Latin American immigrant workers in the United States and Spain, which may reflect social or occupational inequalities in general or resulting from the 2008 financial crisis. Am. J. Ind. Med. 59:1105-1111, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

KEYWORDS:

Spain; United States; immigrant workers; long work hours; occupational health; self-reported health; work schedule tolerance

PMID:
27424568
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.22633
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center