Job Stress Leads To Chronic Health Conditions

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"Job-Related Stress and Chronic Health Conditions Among Filipino Immigrants," Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health: A.B. de Castro of the University of Washington School of Nursing and the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health and colleagues examined data on 1,381 Filipino immigrants who self-reported chronic health conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis or cardiovascular disease. Researchers then looked at participants' job categories and levels of job-related stress, such as whether participants enjoyed their current duties or co-workers.

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According to the study, job-related stress was associated with adverse health outcomes no matter how long immigrants had been in the U.S. and that link was strongest among the newest immigrants. Researchers conclude, "New immigrants should be recognized as a vulnerable group with regard to the impact of work on their well-being" (de Catsro et al., Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, December 2008).

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