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Labor markets and help seeking a test of the employment security hypothesis



Labor markets and help seeking a test of the employment security hypothesis



Journal of Health & Social Behavior 27(3): 277-287



The hypothesis that job insecurity, engendered by the oversupply of labor, is a predictor of seeking help for psychological problems is derived from concepts drawn from sociology, management science, and psychology. The hypothesis is tested wiht data describing approximately 3,850 principal wage earners interviewed over a four-year period in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area. Results suggest that job insecurity increases the likelihood of considering seeking help and of actually seeking help. The effect withstands controlling for most known person-level predictors of help-seeking including symptoms of psychological distress and social support.

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