Women with Jobs Are Healthier

Published Online: Friday, October 1, 2004

Career women are in better health than unemployed women, indicated the results of a study presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting (August 16, 2004). For the study, data from the General Social Survey were used to examine trends in American women's self-rated health and employment between 1974 and 2000. The survey results showed that more US women are working, more of them are working longer hours, and more of them are combining full-time work with raising a young child.

Furthermore, women overall continue to experience better health, compared with earlier years, and this trend is a reflection of the growing number of working women, the study said. The study concluded that the health benefits that women get from working are not weakened by longer work hours or combining longer work hours with those of a spouse.

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