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Labour market conditions, labour force activity and prevalence of psychiatric disorders

Waghorn, G., Chant, D., Lloyd, C., Harris, M. G.,

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This study investigated the extent to which labour market conditions were associated with a change in labour force activity among people with anxiety disorders, affective disorders, and schizophrenia, in comparison to healthy working age adults. Data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics were analysed. Greater labour demand in 2003 was positively associated with increased labour force participation among healthy adults. The proportions actively looking for work declined among healthy adults and among those with anxiety disorders. Full-time employment significantly increased among healthy working age residents. The proportions employed part-time significantly increased in all groups except among people with schizophrenia. These results support policies which remove disincentives and improve access to the more intensive evidence-based employment programs even when labour market conditions are improving.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Economic participation, Health and wellbeing

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