20 years in the world of work: A study of (nonstandard) occupational trajectories and health

Title20 years in the world of work: A study of (nonstandard) occupational trajectories and health
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsGiudici, F, Morselli, D
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
Volume224
Pagination138–148
Date Publishedmar
ISSN02779536
Keywordswww
Abstract

In this study, we analyze the Swiss Household Panel data, which used a life history calendar to collect occupational trajectories across the lifespan. The data included the trajectories of 5690 initially healthy Swiss residents and were used to reconstruct the occupational trajectories during the first 20 years in the world of work. A sequence analysis revealed eight distinct types of occupational careers based on three dimensions: type of contract, labor market status and number of simultaneous jobs. The results show that discontinuous occupational trajectories (characterized by continuous jumps between temporary work, long periods of unemployment, social help, inactivity or part-time work) are associated with higher depressive symptoms, lower life course mental health and lower self-reported health during an individual's first 20 years in the world of work.

URLhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0277953619300619
DOI10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.02.002