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 L. Arheart, Kathryn E. 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 (US)
Pages (from-to)196-203
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Caban-Martinez, A. J., Lee, D. J., Goodman, E., Davila, E. P., Fleming, L. E., LeBlanc, W. G., Arheart, K. L., McCollister, K. E., Christ, S. L., Zimmerman, F. J., Muntaner, C., & Hollenbeck, J. A. (2011). Health indicators among unemployed and employed young adults. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 53(2), 196-203.