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Effects of perceived job insecurity on depression, suicide ideation, and decline in self-rated health in Korea: a population-based panel study

  • Min-Seok Kim
  • Yun-Chul Hong
  • Ji-Hoo Yook
  • Mo-Yeol Kang
Original Article

Abstract

Purpose

To investigate the effects of job security on new development of depressive episode, suicide ideation, and decline in self-rated health.

Methods

Data from the Korea Welfare Panel Study from 2012 to 2015 were analysed. A total of 2912 waged workers self-assessed their depressive episode, suicide ideation, and health annually by answering the questionnaire. Participants were divided into three groups according to the level of job security: high, intermediate and low. To evaluate the influence of job security, we performed survival analysis after stratification by gender with adjustment for covariates. The result was further stratified by whether the respondent was the head of household.

Results

After adjusting for covariates, men in low job security group showed significantly higher hazard ratios (HRs) for depression (HR 1.27, 95% CI 1.01–1.60), suicide ideation (HR 3.25, 95% CI 1.72–6.16), and decline in self-rated health (HR 1.73, 95% CI 1.16–2.59). Women showed significantly higher HR of depression in the intermediate (HR 1.37, 95% CI 1.01–1.87) and low (HR 1.50, 95% CI 1.12–1.99) job security group. Male head of household with low job security showed significantly higher HR of depression, suicide ideation, and decline in self-rated health. Non-head-of-household women with intermediate and low job security showed higher risk of depression than those with high job security.

Conclusions

We found that perceived job insecurity is associated with the new development of depressive episode, suicide ideation, and decline in self-rated health.

Keywords

Job security Depressive mood Korean worker Suicide Mental health 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical approval

The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional committees on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Funding

There was no financial support for this research.

Informed consent

All study participants provided informed consent.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min-Seok Kim
    • 1
  • Yun-Chul Hong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ji-Hoo Yook
    • 1
  • Mo-Yeol Kang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Preventive MedicineSeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Institute of Environmental MedicineSeoul National University Medical Research CenterSeoulRepublic of Korea

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