Job worries, health worries
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
A study indicates that people who have been worried about keeping their jobs are more likely to have health problems, too.
At the University of Michigan, Sarah Burgard says that showed up in survey data on more than 1,700 people over periods from three to 10 years. One study was done between 1986 and 1989, and the other was between 1995 and 2005.
In both cases, people who were employed were asked to rate their chances of being employed in two years. And they were asked about their physical and mental health.
[Sarah Burgard speaks] "People who were persistently concerned about losing their jobs reported significantly worse overall health in both studies and were more depressed in one of the studies."
The study in the journal Social Science and Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011