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October 23, 2017

Mental distress more prevalent in workers without paid sick leave: study

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Boca Raton, FL – Workers who do not get paid sick leave may experience a level of psychological distress that interferes with their daily lives and activities, according to a study by Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland State University researchers.

Using data from 17,897 respondents to the National Health Interview Survey, as well as the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6), researchers found that workers without paid sick leave reported symptoms of psychological distress 1.45 times more often than workers with the benefit.

Workers most affected by the lack of paid sick leave, according to a press release from FAU, were young, Hispanic, low-income and poorly educated. About 40 percent of respondents to the NHIS did not have the benefit.

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