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The relationship between perceived employability and subsequent health
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2007 (English)In: Work & Stress, ISSN 1464-5335, Vol. 21, no 3, 279-292 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Being capable of getting new employment may enable an employee to cope with turbulent situations or deteriorating job conditions. Individuals who have higher perceived employability are likely to appraise a situation at work more favourably, and consequently experience better health and wellbeing. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between perceived employability and subsequent health, while controlling for baseline health, background factors, and work environment exposures. The study is based on 53 items in the National Working Life Cohort in Sweden from two data collections (2004 and 2005), comprising 1918 individuals. Forced entry hierarchical regression analysis showed that, after controlling for demographics, psychological demands, control, and ergonomic exposures, perceived employability was positively associated with global health and mental well-being, but unrelated to physical complaints. When baseline health status was added, perceived employability was still a significant predictor of two out of three outcome variables. Individuals with higher perceived employability had a tendency to report better health and well-being a year later. It is concluded that how an employee perceives his or her possibilities in regard to acquiring new employment is relevant for well-being at a later stage. Perceived employability, which has been little studied before, is therefore a useful concept in health promotion, both at the individual and at the organizational level.

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2007. Vol. 21, no 3, 279-292 p.
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Psychology Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-20658DOI: doi:10.1080/02678370701659215OAI: diva2:187184
Available from: 2008-04-01 Created: 2008-04-01 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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