A Life Course Perspective on Work and Mental Health: The Working Lives of Young Adults

Karin Veldman, Sander K.R. van Zon, Iris Arends, Benjamin C Amick III, Ute Bültmann*

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Young adulthood is a challenging life phase including major life transitions like leaving the parental home, finishing education, starting a first job, starting romantic relationships, and parenthood. These transitions are interrelated, and are likely to be influenced by earlier life experiences, such as childhood adversities and poor mental health. At the same time, young adults have to earn a living in a new world of work characterized by temporary employment, self-employment, and a 24/7 work cycle in a global economy. To promote sustainable employment throughout the working lives of young adults, a life course perspective must be integrated into work and mental health research, policy, and practice. A life course perspective highlights the importance of prior life experiences, such as where individuals grew up, who they grew up with, and their education and health status prior to working. This chapter explains and emphasizes the importance of applying a life course perspective to the working lives of young adults.
Originele taal-2English
TitelHandbook of Life Course Occupational Health
RedacteurenMorten Wahrendorf, Tarani Chandola, Alexis Descatha
Plaats van productieCham
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-030-94023-2
StatusPublished - 18-mei-2023

Publicatie series

NaamHandbook Series in Occupational Health Sciences
ISSN van geprinte versie2730-7409
ISSN van elektronische versie2730-7417


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