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Changes in employed people's health satisfaction

Wandel der Gesundheitszufriedenheit von Erwerbstätigen

Jungbauer-Gans, Monika; Krug, Gerhard

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Abstract "The article examines for Germany whether the subjective satisfaction with health has changed over the course of time. It is analyzed whether a drop in health satisfaction can be observed and whether this can be explained by changing employment circumstances. Labor market research has documented a change in the employment situation in detail, which can be subsumed under the keyword of precarization. In the theoretical section the authors will portray the current state of research concerning the development of the employment situation and emphasize the significance of gainful employment for health. The empirical analyses of the article are based on data of employed people in the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) of the years 1985, 1996 and 2009. The data show a significantly declining health satisfaction between 1985 and 2009 in Western Germany and no noteworthy change in Eastern Germany between 1996 and 2009. The Blinder/ Oaxaca decomposition is used in the analyses to better differentiate the effect of the changed employment situation on the drop in health satisfaction. The analyses indeed reveal changing effects of the employment situation. In Western Germany, a significant percentage of the lesser health satisfaction can be attributed to an increasing number of workers in precarious employment situations. Workplace security is of primary significance for explaining the declining health satisfaction in Western Germany." (author's abstract)
Thesaurusschlagwörter health; health status; satisfaction; gainfully employed person; gainful work; precariousness; Federal Republic of Germany; old federal states; New Federal States; social situation; job loss; psychological stress
Klassifikation Medizinsoziologie
Methode empirisch; empirisch-quantitativ
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2013
Seitenangabe S. 617-648
Zeitschriftentitel Comparative Population Studies - Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, 38 (2013) 3
Heftthema Private life choices, employment and health
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.4232/10.CPoS-2013-14en
ISSN 1869-8999
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
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