Sarah Burgard

Negative conditions at work are a key contributor to depression among working-age adults, according to a Sept. 3 article in Science Daily. The article cited research by Sarah Burgard and ISR colleagues, who analyzed data from a nationally representative sample of working-age adults. Almost 1,900 respondents took part in the study, which included four waves of data collection over 15 years. The researchers didn’t separate out specific risk factors, such as job strain or hours. Instead, they looked at the sum total of adverse working conditions. “These findings add to the growing body of evidence that employment is an important source of divergence in mental health across midlife,” the report stated. The results “suggest the need to consider the role of good jobs in enhancing worker productivity and reducing the costs of depression for workers, their families, and healthcare systems,” the report said.