Early job satisfaction has strong link to mental health (Learning & Development Professional):
“…the study found job satisfaction in your late 20s and 30s has a link to overall health in your early 40s.
While job satisfaction had some impact on physical health, researchers found its effect was especially strong for mental health.
Those “less than happy” with their work early in their careers said they were more depressed, worried and struggled with sleep…“We found that there is a cumulative effect of job satisfaction on health that appears as early as your 40s,” said Jonathan Dirlam, lead author of the study and a doctoral student in sociology at The Ohio State University.
Zheng said the results showed the importance that early jobs have on people’s lives.”
Study: Lousy jobs hurt your health by the time you’re in your 40s (release by Ohio State University)
- Description: The researchers used data from 6,432 Americans who participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, which followed adults who were between the ages of 14 and 22 when the survey began in 1979. For this study, the researchers examined job satisfaction trajectories for people from age 25 to 39. These participants then reported a variety of health measures after they turned 40. About 45 percent of participants had consistently low job satisfaction, while another 23 percent had levels that were trending downward through their early career. About 15 percent of people were consistently happy at their jobs (nearly 4 on the scale) and about 17 percent were trending upward. Using those who were consistently happy as the reference, the researchers compared how the health of the other three groups compared.
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