What is it about?
This study investigates differences in exposures to work-related insecurity across the occupational hierarchy and how these exposures impact on workers' health over time. A key finding from the study is that exposure to work-related insecurity appears to account for a portion of the variability in health outcomes across the occupational hierarchy.
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Why is it important?
Gradients in health by occupational status have been reliably documented by many studies over several decades. Findings show that workers with more status and higher levels of skill tend to have better health outcomes than their counterparts who labor in less skilled, lower-status jobs. Understanding the key explanatory factors that underlie the relationship between position in the occupational hierarchy and health outcomes has been a source of perennial disquiet to researchers and practitioners seeking ways to mitigate inequality in health outcomes across workers. This study shows that exposure to work-related insecurity - defined as a chronic stressor arising from the decline of securities associated with the post-war standard in employment - is partly responsible for differences in health outcomes among workers who occupy different positions in the occupational hierarchy.
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This page is a summary of: Occupational Gradients in Work-Related Insecurity and Health: Interrogating the Links, International Journal of Health Services, March 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0020731419832243.
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