Long working hours and health in Europe: Gender and welfare state differences in a context of economic crisis

Lucía Artazcoz, Imma Cortès, Fernando G. Benavides, Vicenta Escribà-Agüir, Xavier Bartoll, Hernán Vargas, Carme Borrell

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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between moderately long working hours and health status in Europe. A cross-sectional study based on data from the 2010 European Working Conditions Survey (13,518 men and 9381 women) was performed. Working moderately long hours was consistently associated with poor health status and poor psychological wellbeing in countries with traditional family models, in both sexes in Liberal countries and primarily among women in Continental and Southern European countries. A combination of economic vulnerability, increasing labour market deregulation and work overload related to the combination of job and domestic work could explain these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Volume40
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Family characteristics
  • Gender
  • Long working hours
  • Psychological
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Health(social science)

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    Artazcoz, L., Cortès, I., Benavides, F. G., Escribà-Agüir, V., Bartoll, X., Vargas, H., & Borrell, C. (2016). Long working hours and health in Europe: Gender and welfare state differences in a context of economic crisis. Health and Place, 40, 161-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2016.06.004