Labour market conditions, labour force activity and prevalence of psychiatric disorders

Waghorn, Geoff, Chant, David, Lloyd, Christine and Harris, Meredith G. (2009) Labour market conditions, labour force activity and prevalence of psychiatric disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 44 3: 171-178. doi:10.1007/s00127-008-0429-7


Author Waghorn, Geoff
Chant, David
Lloyd, Christine
Harris, Meredith G.
Title Labour market conditions, labour force activity and prevalence of psychiatric disorders
Journal name Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0933-7954
1433-9285
Publication date 2009-03-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00127-008-0429-7
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 171
End page 178
Total pages 8
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer Medizin
Language eng
Subject C1
920410 Mental Health
170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Abstract At a population level, the extent that labour market conditions influence labour force activity among people with psychiatric disorders, remains equivocal. Similarly equivocal is the hypothesised relationship between economic conditions and the reported prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders. We investigated these issues by examining the extent that labour market conditions were associated with change in labour force activity among people with anxiety disorders, affective disorders, and schizophrenia, in comparison to healthy working age adults.
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Background
At a population level, the extent that labour market conditions influence labour force activity among people with psychiatric disorders, remains equivocal. Similarly equivocal is the hypothesised relationship between economic conditions and the reported prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders. We investigated these issues by examining the extent that labour market conditions were associated with change in labour force activity among people with anxiety disorders, affective disorders, and schizophrenia, in comparison to healthy working age adults.
Methods
Data files were provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from a population survey conducted in 1998 and replicated in 2003. Multi-stage probability samples were obtained in 1998 (N 1 = 37,580) and 2003 (N 2 = 36,088). Adults with schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety disorders were compared to healthy working age adults.
Results
Greater labour demand in 2003 was positively associated with increased labour force participation among healthy adults. The proportions actively looking for work declined among healthy adults and among those with anxiety disorders. Full-time employment significantly increased among healthy working age residents. The proportions employed part-time significantly increased in all groups except among people with schizophrenia.
Conclusion
These results support policies which remove disincentives and increase access to the more intensive evidence-based employment programs even when labour market conditions are improving.

Keyword psychiatric disorders
Level 2nd-order Analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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