Journal article

Mental health affects future employment as job loss affects mental health: findings from a longitudinal population study

Sarah C Olesen, Peter Butterworth, Liana S Leach, Margaret Kelaher, Jane Pirkis

BMC PSYCHIATRY | BMC | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Workforce participation is a key feature of public mental health and social inclusion policies across the globe, and often a therapeutic goal in treatment settings. Understanding the reciprocal relationship between participation and mental health has been limited by inadequate research methods. This is the first study to simultaneously examine and contrast the relative effects of unemployment on mental health and mental health on employment status in a single general population sample. METHOD: Data were from working-age respondents (20 to 55 years at baseline) who completed nine waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey (N=7176). Cross-lagged ..

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