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Sex composition of the workplace and mortality risk

Barclay, Kieron (2013) Sex composition of the workplace and mortality risk. Journal of Biosocial Science, 45 (06). pp. 807-821. ISSN 0021-9320

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S002193201200079X


This study uses Swedish occupational register data to examine whether the proportion of men in administrative workplaces in the Swedish public service affects all-cause mortality risks amongst both males and females of working age. Using piecewise constant survival models to analyse occupational data from the Swedish administrative registers from 1995 to 2007, it was found that for males, a 1% increase in the proportion of males was associated with a 1.3% increase in mortality risk (hazard ratio, HR 1.013, 95% CI 1.007–1.020, p<0.001), but no association was found for females (HR 1.004, 95% CI 0.996–1.012, p=0.297). Adjustments were made for age, family status, education, occupational status, occupational segregation by sex, the total number of individuals in the workplace, level of government, region, period and variables reflecting the workplace structure by age, age by sex, occupation and education. A higher proportion of males may be related to (i) an increased exposure to risky health behaviours such as alcohol consumption and unhealthy dietary patterns, (ii) a tendency towards sickness presenteeism, and (iii) an increase in the levels of several well-established emotional stressors in the workplace, leading to an increased level of psychosocial stress. The findings and potential extensions of this research are discussed.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 11:30
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:45
Funders: Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet)

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