Study: Job dissatisfaction in your late 20s and 30s could hurt your health in your 40s

Unhappiness at work may affect physical and mental health, The Washington Post reports.

The article cites a study by Jonathan Dirlam, a doctoral student in sociology at The Ohio State University, and Hui Zheng, PhD, associate professor of sociology at Ohio State, which shows that job satisfaction in an individual's late 20s and 30s appears to be linked to health in their 40s.

For the study, researchers used data from 6,432 Americans who took part in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 1979. According to the article, the volunteers over the years ranked how much they enjoyed their jobs on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being "dislike very much" and 4 being "like very much," and reported various health indicators.

The study's authors identified a link between people who were less satisfied with their jobs in their 20s and 30s and those who had health issues in their 40s, the report states. Adverse health effects associated with job dissatisfaction included trouble sleeping, depression and anxiety.

The article notes that in the study, the health effect was not related to how an individual's happiness with their job changed over time.


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