Mental and physical health: Re-assessing the relationship with employment propensity

Gail Pacheco, Dominic Page, Don J. Webber

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    There is significant research demonstrating the labour market disadvantage experienced by the disabled community. Yet, relationships between wider ill-health concepts and employment are poorly investigated. This article presents an empirical investigation into the impacts of poor mental and physical health on the propensity to be employed. The results indicate that activity-limiting physical health and accomplishment-limiting mental health issues significantly affect the propensity to be employed. Further investigations reveal the significance of an interacted variable that captures the multiplicative effect of both physical and mental health, illustrating that the combined effect of both health domains can be more influential than separate pathways. Additional empirical analysis highlights gender and ethnicity divides. It is also found that mental health is mostly exogenous to employment propensity. This research provides evidence that mental and physical health related issues can lead to economic exclusion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number0950017013491450
    Pages (from-to)407-429
    Number of pages23
    JournalWork, Employment and Society
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2014


    • employment status
    • ethnicity
    • gender
    • mental health
    • physical health


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