To assess the effect of anticipating job change or non-employment on self reported health status in a group of middle aged male and female white collar civil servants.
Design-Longitudinal cohort study (Whitehall II study).
Questionnaire data on self reported health status and health behaviour were obtained at initial screening and four years later, during the period when employees of the department facing privatisation were anticipating job change or job loss.
Setting-London based office staff in 20 civil service departments.
Subjects-666 members of one department threatened with early privatisation were compared with members of the 19 other departments.
Main outcome measures-Self reported health status measures and health related behaviours, before and during anticipation ofprivatisation.
In comparison to the remainder of the cohort, the profile of health related behaviours of cohort members who faced privatisation was more favourable, both before and during anticipation of privatisation.
There were no significant differences in the changes in health behaviours between cohort members moving into a period of job insecurity and the remainder of the cohort.
Conclusions-The application of a longitudinal design, allowing the same individuals to be followed from job security into anticipation, provides more robust evidence than has previously been available that anticipation of job loss affects health even before employments status has changed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Changement, Travail intellectuel, Chomage, Exploration clinique, Santé, Etude comparative, Homme, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Change, Intellectual work, Unemployment, Clinical investigation, Health, Comparative study, Human, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0027602
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 01/03/1996.