Mental and physical health: re-assessing the relationship with employment propensity

Page, Dominic ORCID: 0000-0002-7770-5151, Pacheco, Gail and Webber, Don J. (2014) Mental and physical health: re-assessing the relationship with employment propensity. Work, Employment and Society, 28 (3). pp. 407-429. doi:10.1177/0950017013491450

Text (Peer Reviewed Version)
8360 Pacheco, Page and Weber (2014) Mental-and-physical-health-re-assessing-the-relationship-with-employment-propensity.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License All Rights Reserved.

Download (399kB) | Preview


There is significant research demonstrating the labour market disadvantage experienced by the disabled community. Yet, relationships between wider ill-health concepts and employment are poorly investigated. This article presents an empirical investigation into the impacts of poor mental and physical health on the propensity to be employed. The results indicate that activity-limiting physical health and accomplishment-limiting mental health issues significantly affect the propensity to be employed. Further investigations reveal the significance of an interacted variable that captures the multiplicative effect of both physical and mental health, illustrating that the combined effect of both health domains can be more influential than separate pathways. Additional empirical analysis highlights gender and ethnicity divides. It is also found that mental health is mostly exogenous to employment propensity. This research provides evidence that mental and physical health related issues can lead to economic exclusion.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employment Status; Ethnicity; Gender; Mental Health; Physical Health
Related URLs:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5549 Personnel management. Employment management
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA790 Mental health. Mental illness prevention.
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Kate Greenaway
Date Deposited: 20 May 2020 14:40
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2023 09:00

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.