Health indicators among unemployed and employed young adults

Alberto J Caban-Martinez, David J Lee, Elizabeth Goodman, Evelyn P. Davila, Lora E. Fleming, William G. LeBlanc, Kristopher Arheart, Kathryn McCollister, Sharon L. Christ, Frederick J. Zimmerman, Carles Muntaner, Julie A. Hollenbeck

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OBJECTIVE: Research on the prevalence of health indicators by employment status among young US adults is limited. METHODS: We analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of young adults aged 18 to 24 years to document the prevalence of five health behaviors (cigarette smoking, risky drinking, leisure-time physical activity, and fruit and French fries consumption) by employment status. RESULTS: Unemployed young adults reported higher levels of risky drinking and nonengagement in leisure-time physical activity, while employed young adults had higher levels of smoking, French fries consumption, and low fruit/vegetable consumption. Transportation/material-moving young adult workers reported the highest level of risky drinking (13.5%), and precision production/craft/repair workers reported the highest smoking rates (39.7%). Conclusions:We found an elevated prevalence of risk factors, which places young workers at increased risk for the development of chronic conditions later in life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-203
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

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Health indicators among unemployed and employed young adults. / Caban-Martinez, Alberto J; Lee, David J; Goodman, Elizabeth; Davila, Evelyn P.; Fleming, Lora E.; LeBlanc, William G.; Arheart, Kristopher; McCollister, Kathryn; Christ, Sharon L.; Zimmerman, Frederick J.; Muntaner, Carles; Hollenbeck, Julie A.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 53, No. 2, 01.02.2011, p. 196-203.

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Caban-Martinez, AJ, Lee, DJ, Goodman, E, Davila, EP, Fleming, LE, LeBlanc, WG, Arheart, K, McCollister, K, Christ, SL, Zimmerman, FJ, Muntaner, C & Hollenbeck, JA 2011, 'Health indicators among unemployed and employed young adults', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 196-203. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e318209915e
Caban-Martinez, Alberto J ; Lee, David J ; Goodman, Elizabeth ; Davila, Evelyn P. ; Fleming, Lora E. ; LeBlanc, William G. ; Arheart, Kristopher ; McCollister, Kathryn ; Christ, Sharon L. ; Zimmerman, Frederick J. ; Muntaner, Carles ; Hollenbeck, Julie A. / Health indicators among unemployed and employed young adults. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011 ; Vol. 53, No. 2. pp. 196-203.
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