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Experiences of employment precariousness and psychological well-being in east central Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Karolinska institutet.
Högskolan i Gävle.
Högskolan i Gävle.
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2017 (English)In: Health Science Journal, ISSN 1108-7366, Vol. 11, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: In the past decade, temporary employment arrangements, including fixed-term and sub-contracted jobs, as well as project work, on-call work and work via temporary-help agencies have increased in developed countries, including Sweden. The objective of this study was to explore precariously employed individuals’experiences and perceptions of employment strain and its effect on their psychological well-being in Gävleborg County, Sweden.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 respondents residing in Gävleborg County about their experiences of precarious employment and their perceptions of the relationship between their precarious employment and psychological well-being. Thematic analysis was conducted to relate the results to the employment strain framework.

Results: The main theme to emerge in the data was managing stress. Respondent’s perceived significant stress related to keeping employment as well as having future work. In addition, they had difficulties in coping with everyday life because of economic strain, lack of work opportunities and isolation.

Conclusions: The results of this study highlight how precariously employed individuals are unable to cope with the stress related to uncertainty in maintaining their current work or having control of their working hours. In addition, the results indicate that precariously employed workers experience economic strain related to income uncertainty, which affects their ability to cope with dailylife.

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2017. Vol. 11, no 2
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30643DOI: 10.21767/1791-809X.1000491OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-30643DiVA: diva2:1089944
Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2017-05-08Bibliographically approved

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