YOUNGER PART-TIME WORK­ERS MORE LIKELY TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE MEN­TAL HEALTH PROB­LEMS

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

YOUNGER work­ers in part-time jobs are 43pc more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health prob­lems com­pared to those in full-time jobs, ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search pub­lished in the UK.

The re­port which fo­cuses on younger work­ers found those in part-time jobs are seven per­cent­age points less likely than those in full­time jobs to re­port be­ing sat­is­fied with their life, even when con­trol­ling for vari­ables in­clud­ing house­hold in­come and prior life sat­is­fac­tion.

The anal­y­sis also shows that younger work­ers on zero-hours con­tracts are also 13 per­cent­age points more likely than those in other forms of work to ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health prob­lems, even when con­trol­ling for vari­ables in­clud­ing house­hold in­come and men­tal health out­comes dur­ing ado­les­cence. The find­ings are rel­e­vance to Ire­land where they num­bers of peo­ple in em­ploy­ment are up but many are in con­tract jobs with low pay.

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