Journal article

A Longitudinal Analysis of Changes in Job Control and Mental Health

Rebecca J Bentley, Anne Kavanagh, Lauren Krnjacki, Anthony D LaMontagne

American Journal of Epidemiology | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2015


Deteriorating job control has been previously shown to predict poor mental health. The impact of improvement in job control on mental health is less well understood, yet it is of policy significance. We used fixed-effects longitudinal regression models to analyze 10 annual waves of data from a large Australian panel survey (2001-2010) to test within-person associations between change in self-reported job control and corresponding change in mental health as measured by the Mental Component Summary score of Short Form 36. We found evidence of a graded relationship; with each quintile increase in job control experienced by an individual, the person's mental health increased. The biggest improve..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (project grant 375196).This study used unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Survey was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute.