Please Join Us for the Third SOCUP Brown Bag Lunch Meeting of the Semester!
Presentation Title: "A Trajectory Approach to Study on Work and Health."
Presenter: Reiping Huang (Sociology)
Time: 12:00-13:00, Monday, March 7
Place: 1114 Social Sociences Buidling (*room changed)
Reiping will present her work on the overall trajectory of work status related to health. She analyzed data from the 1975 and 1992/1993 waves of Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. In this presentation, she focuses on the gender difference in terms of work. The links below include her presentation file and complete abstract.
Whether the overall trajectory of work status is related to health is
examined, adjusting for gender, health selection, SES, job
characteristics, health behaviors, and family impacts. Analyzing data
from the 1975 and 1992/1993 waves of Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, I
identify six patterns of work trajectories----stable full-time,
full-/part-time alternating, intermittent full-time, stable part-time,
diversified part-time, and never employed. Results show that: 1)
Better paid and less demanding jobs tend to present among work
trajectories with higher proportion of full-time employment, more
labor force participation, and higher stability. 2) Trajectory groups
differ in cardiovascular problems, depression, and probability of
self-reported overall health, particularly between stable full-time
and intermittent full-time or never employed trajectories. However,
these variations diminish after health selection, health behavior,
SES, family backgrounds, and family impacts are considered. 3) Women
tend to be in better cardiovascular health, more likely to report
being in excellent overall health, more depressed, and have more
musculoskeletal problems than men. Gender variations in health may
result from that women tend to engage in work trajectories with low
stability, smaller proportion of full-time employment, and more
disruptions. 4) Significant effects are found in health selection,
frequent exercise, BMI, smoking, psychological well-being, asset,
college education, physical job characteristics, farm origin, access
to health insurance, caregiving experience, and work status of spouse,
varying by magnitude and health outcomes.