USA: Work in a depression is depressing

Watching people lose their jobs all around you will make you sick, even if you hold onto your own job, new research has found. Researchers from the University of Michigan examined the impact of the 'Great Recession' on a group of 440 over-25 workers in south Michigan in 2009-10. They found perceived job insecurity 'was associated with significantly higher odds of reporting fair or poor self-rated health at the time of interview, symptoms over the past 2 weeks suggesting major or minor depression, and an anxiety attack in the past 4 weeks, even after adjustment for workers' socio-demographic characteristics and previous health problems.' ...Sarah Burgard, a professor at the University of Michigan and co-author of the study, told The Pump Handle blog: 'It's a growing problem in the United States over the last several decades because a lot of job creation has been in insecure jobs and jobs without benefits. It's hard to care about people who are still employed when you're in a recession.' The paper concludes: 'Individuals who lost their jobs in the Great Recession may be the 'tip of the iceberg' of a larger group of workers who think that their job may be terminated soon but have not lost it yet.

Source : Burgard, Sarah A; Kalousova, Lucie; Seefeldt, Kristin S. Perceived Job Insecurity and Health: The Michigan Recession and Recovery Study,
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, volume 54, issue 9, pages 1101-1106, September 2012. The Pump Handle. More on health and safety and insecure work.

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