Working hours and mental health in Australia: evidence from an Australian population-based cohort, 2001-2012

Allison Milner, Peter Matthew Smith, Anthony Daniel LaMontagne

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Objectives: This paper assesses the impact of working less than or more than standard full-time hours on mental health, as well as possible differences in this relationship by gender and skill level. Methods: The study design was a longitudinal cohort with 12 annual waves of data collection over the period 2001-2012, yielding a sample of 90 637 observations from 18 420 people. Fixed effects within-person regression was used to control for time invariant confounding. The Mental Component Summary of the Short Form 36 (SF-36) measure was used as the primary outcome measure. Working hours over the preceding year was measured in five categories with standard full-time hours (35-40 h/week) as the reference. Results: Results indicated that when respondents were working 49-59 h (-0.52, 95 CI -0.74 to -0.29, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573 - 579
Number of pages7
JournalOccupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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