Study: Bad Job Same as No Job

Call it what you will. The Chicago Tribune calls it the “death of hope.” It’s been acknowledged (and extensively written about since the financial crisis) that unemployment is bad for a person’s mental health. Now, a new study says working at a bad job—one with “no control, job insecurity and terrible pay”—is just as bad for you. According to the researchers, those with “poor quality jobs” showed more decline among several mental health indicators than the unemployed. They also found that moving from unemployment to bad employment was equally hard on psyche.

Read an abstract of the study, published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Science


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