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Working without commitments: precarious employment and health

Document type Article
Author Clarke, Marlea
Author Lewchuk, Wayne
Author de Wolff, Alice
Journal Work, Employment and Society
Volume 22
Date 2008 September
ISSN 0950-0170
Pages 387-406


Using cross-sectional data from a Canadian population-based questionnaire, this article develops a new approach to understanding the impact of less permanent forms of employment on workers' health. It concludes that employment relationships where future employment is uncertain, where individuals are actively searching for new employment and where support is limited are associated with poorer health indicators.