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Precarious employment and the risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
Prev Med. 2015 Feb; 71:72-6.PM

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Although the effect of occupation or employment status on suicide risk is notable, there are few studies on the effect of precarious employment on suicide. We compared suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in precarious workers and their non-precarious counterparts using a representative sample from South Korea.

METHOD

The 2008 Korean Community Health Survey data were used for this study. Information was obtained on 52,161 participants (41,063 employees with non-precarious work and 11,098 employees with precarious work). The outcome of the logistic regression model was the presence of suicidal thoughts and attempts, and the independent variables were the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health status.

RESULTS

Employees with precarious work were more likely to exhibit suicidal ideation (OR=1.41; 95% CI, 1.28-1.55) and suicide attempts (OR=1.52; 95% CI, 1.02-2.27) than employees with non-precarious work. After controlling for income and education (Model 2) depressive feelings (Model 6), compared with unadjusted model, remained significant but the odds ratio was largely attenuated, indicating a strong association between suicidal risk and socioeconomic and feelings of depression.

CONCLUSION

Precarious workers had a higher risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts than non-precarious workers. Our study suggests that precarious employment is an important risk for suicide.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Republic of Korea.Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Republic of Korea.Department of Dentistry, Keimyung University School of Medicine, 2800 Dalgubeoldaero, Dalseo-Gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea.Institute of Health and Environment, School of Public Health,Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: yaemin00@snu.ac.kr.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25532676

Citation

Min, Kyoung-Bok, et al. "Precarious Employment and the Risk of Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts." Preventive Medicine, vol. 71, 2015, pp. 72-6.
Min KB, Park SG, Hwang SH, et al. Precarious employment and the risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Prev Med. 2015;71:72-6.
Min, K. B., Park, S. G., Hwang, S. H., & Min, J. Y. (2015). Precarious employment and the risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Preventive Medicine, 71, 72-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.12.017
Min KB, et al. Precarious Employment and the Risk of Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts. Prev Med. 2015;71:72-6. PubMed PMID: 25532676.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Precarious employment and the risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. AU - Min,Kyoung-Bok, AU - Park,Shin-Goo, AU - Hwang,Sang Hee, AU - Min,Jin-Young, Y1 - 2014/12/20/ PY - 2014/07/21/received PY - 2014/12/12/revised PY - 2014/12/13/accepted PY - 2014/12/24/entrez PY - 2014/12/24/pubmed PY - 2016/2/5/medline KW - Employment KW - Health inequality KW - Self-destructive behaviors KW - Socioeconomic disparity SP - 72 EP - 6 JF - Preventive medicine JO - Prev Med VL - 71 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Although the effect of occupation or employment status on suicide risk is notable, there are few studies on the effect of precarious employment on suicide. We compared suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in precarious workers and their non-precarious counterparts using a representative sample from South Korea. METHOD: The 2008 Korean Community Health Survey data were used for this study. Information was obtained on 52,161 participants (41,063 employees with non-precarious work and 11,098 employees with precarious work). The outcome of the logistic regression model was the presence of suicidal thoughts and attempts, and the independent variables were the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health status. RESULTS: Employees with precarious work were more likely to exhibit suicidal ideation (OR=1.41; 95% CI, 1.28-1.55) and suicide attempts (OR=1.52; 95% CI, 1.02-2.27) than employees with non-precarious work. After controlling for income and education (Model 2) depressive feelings (Model 6), compared with unadjusted model, remained significant but the odds ratio was largely attenuated, indicating a strong association between suicidal risk and socioeconomic and feelings of depression. CONCLUSION: Precarious workers had a higher risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts than non-precarious workers. Our study suggests that precarious employment is an important risk for suicide. SN - 1096-0260 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25532676/Precarious_employment_and_the_risk_of_suicidal_ideation_and_suicide_attempts_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0091-7435(14)00499-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -