The Relation Between Precarious Employment Arrangements and Social Precarity: Findings from the PREMIS Study in Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Nuria Matilla-Santander
  • Johanna Jonsson
  • Kreshpaj, Bertina
  • Cecilia Orellana
  • Joan Benach
  • Kathryn Badarin
  • Bo Burström
  • Alejandra Vives
  • Katarina Kjellberg
  • Susanne Strömdahl
  • Gun Johansson
  • Per-Olof Östergren
  • Theo Bodin

Precarious employment (PE) is a well-known social determinant of health and health inequalities. However, as most previous studies have focused on physical and mental well-being, less is known about the social-related outcomes (ie, social precarity) associated with precarious arrangements. This cross-sectional study aims to investigate whether PE is associated with social precarity in a working population of 401 nonstandard employed workers in Stockholm, Sweden (2016-2017). PE was assessed with the Swedish version of the Employment Precarious Scale (EPRES-Se) and analyzed in relation to social precarity related to working life (eg, task quality and job security) and living conditions (eg, restraint in social activities and financial constraints). We found positive adjusted associations between quartiles of EPRES-Se and social precarity related to working life (eg, being locked in an occupation [aPRq4:1.33 [1.10-1.61]]) and living conditions (eg, inability to participate in social activities because of work [aPRq4:1.27 [1.10-1.46]]). Our findings suggest that individuals in PE experience social precarity, stressing that PE may have negative effects on well-being. Further studies using multidimensional constructs of PE and larger samples should analyze these findings according to social and policy contexts in order to be able to inform policymakers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Health Services
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Cross-Sectional Studies, Employment, Humans, Mental Health, Occupations, Sweden

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