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The Lesser Evil: Bad jobs or unemployment? A survey of Mid-aged Australians

Broom, Dorothy; D'Souza, Rennie; Strazdins, Lyndall; Butterworth, Peter; Parslow, Ruth; Rodgers, Bryan


Paid work is related to health in complex ways, posing both risks and benefits. Unemployment is associated with poor health, but some jobs may still be worse than no job at all. This research investigates that possibility. We used cross-sectional survey data from Australians aged 40-44 (N = 2497). Health measures were depression, physical health, self-rated health, and general practitioner visits. Employees were classified according to their job quality (strain, perceived job insecurity and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Social Science and Medicine
DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.02.003


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