Journal article

The limitations of employment as a tool for social inclusion

Liana S Leach, Peter Butterworth, Lyndall Strazdins, Bryan Rodgers, Dorothy H Broom, Sarah C Olesen

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2010


BACKGROUND: One important component of social inclusion is the improvement of well-being through encouraging participation in employment and work life. However, the ways that employment contributes to wellbeing are complex. This study investigates how poor health status might act as a barrier to gaining good quality work, and how good quality work is an important pre-requisite for positive health outcomes. METHODS: This study uses data from the PATH Through Life Project, analysing baseline and follow-up data on employment status, psychosocial job quality, and mental and physical health status from 4261 people in the Canberra and Queanbeyan region of south-eastern Australia. Longitudinal anal..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for the PATH study was provided by Program Grant no. 179805 and no. 418039 from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia. Peter Butterworth is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Award no. 525410. Bryan Rodgers is supported by NHMRC Fellowship no. 471429. This research project was funded by FaHCSIA under the Deed of Agreement for the provision of Social Policy Research Services. We wish to thank the Chief Investigators of the PATH study for their comments: Kaarin Anstey, Helen Christensen, Simon Easteal, Anthony Jorm, Andrew Mackinnon and Perminder Sachdev. We would also like to thank Trish Jacomb, Karen Maxwell and the PATH interviewers for assistance with the study.