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Ratings of health and quality of life by young working people: Are there occupational or education-based differences?
Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap Karolinska Institutet.
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Department of Health and Society, National Centre for Work and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8031-7651
Institutionen för folkhälsa Karolinska Institutet.
2004 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 23, no 3, 193-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The study examines differences in self-rated health and perceived quality of life (QoL) among young working people according to occupation and education level. Subjects were extracted from a cross-sectional data set, covering questionnaire responses of people aged 20-74 years from the Swedish region of Östergötland, and addressing individual environmental and health conditions. The emphasis was on males and females in paid employment aged 20-34 (n = 863). Differences in self-rated health items and in perceived QoL were subjected to a series of t-tests. Two measures of individual socioeconomic position were considered - occupation and education. No education-based differences were found, and there were few differences based on occupation. Among males, manual workers reported significantly higher scores with regard to pain and physical function than did non-manual workers. Male and female manual workers scored significantly lower on current perceived QoL than non-manual workers. In the case of females, the differences between manual and non-manual workers also applied to former perceived QoL. Yet, after applying the Bonferroni correction, none of the differences observed remained significant. In line with some earlier studies, it appears that - among young working adults - the manners in which health status and QoL are perceived are not strongly conditional on socioeconomic position. © 2004 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.

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2004. Vol. 23, no 3, 193-198 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-37452Local ID: 35905OAI: diva2:258301
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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