Job stress in young adults is associated with a range of poorer health behaviors in the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH) study

Shuo Wang, Kristy Sanderson, Terence Dwyer, Alison Venn, Seana Gall

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)


Objective: To examine job stress and health behaviors, including their co-occurrence, in Australians aged 31 to 41 year assessed in 2009 to 2011. 

Methods: Cross-sectional analyses using multivariable regression models of the association between the Effort Reward Imbalance (ERI) scale and health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity, and body mass index [BMI]) both individually and co-occurring (0 to 3 vs 4 to 5 behaviors) were undertaken. Covariates included sociodemographics, personality, and life events. 

Results: Greater ERI was associated with a significantly lower prevalence of having co-occurring healthy behaviors and poorer diets in both sexes. Higher ERI was also associated greater physical inactivity and sedentary behavior in men and smoking, high alcohol consumption, and more pedometer-measured physical activity in women. 

Conclusion: Job stress at work was associated with a range of unhealthy behaviors, which may explain the higher chronic disease associated with job stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e117-e125
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

Cite this