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Predictors of mental health and cognitive functions in older Croatian workers


Košćec Bjelajac, Adrijana; Bobić, Jasminka; Kovačić, Jelena; Varnai, Veda Marija; Macan, Jelena; Smolić, Šime
Predictors of mental health and cognitive functions in older Croatian workers // Book of Abstracts of the 33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
Dubrovnik, Hrvatska, 2019. str. 290-290 (poster, međunarodna recenzija, sažetak, znanstveni)


Naslov
Predictors of mental health and cognitive functions in older Croatian workers

Autori
Košćec Bjelajac, Adrijana ; Bobić, Jasminka ; Kovačić, Jelena ; Varnai, Veda Marija ; Macan, Jelena ; Smolić, Šime

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, sažetak, znanstveni

Izvornik
Book of Abstracts of the 33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society / - , 2019, 290-290

Skup
33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society

Mjesto i datum
Dubrovnik, Hrvatska, 03.-07.09.2019

Vrsta sudjelovanja
Poster

Vrsta recenzije
Međunarodna recenzija

Ključne riječi
Aging ; depressiveness ; loneliness ; self-rated health ; unemployment

Sažetak
Although national policies aim at keeping workers in active work force longer, older workers are often being excluded from labour force during restructuring processes. They are at higher risk for long-term unemployment, which poses multiple challenges for their physical, mental and social health. The aim of our study was to examine some aspects of mental health and cognitive functions in older Croatian workers taking into account their gender, self-reported health, level of education, employment status, cohabitation status and place of residence. From the Wave 6 of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) we analysed data of 776 older Croatian workers aged 50-65 years, 57% women, 59% employed. The results showed that symptoms of loneliness were more often reported by the unemployed, by younger respondents in the sample, those living without a partner, those rating their health as poorer and those reporting at least one chronic illness. More depressive symptoms and poorer numerical skills were found in unemployed participants residing in rural areas. Depressive symptoms were more pronounced in females and in those rating their health as poorer, irrespective of place of residence. In urban subsample additional risk factors for more pronounced depressiveness were higher education level and living without a partner while in rural subsample those were unemployment and presence of chronic illness. To conclude, being an unemployed older worker in Croatia, especially in rural areas, significantly contributes to impairments in some aspects of mental health and cognitive functioning.

Izvorni jezik
Engleski

Znanstvena područja
Javno zdravstvo i zdravstvena zaštita, Ekonomija, Psihologija



POVEZANOST RADA


Ustanove
Institut za medicinska istraživanja i medicinu rada, Zagreb,
Ekonomski fakultet, Zagreb