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date: 20 October 2019

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The goal of this chapter is to engage more researchers in the study of “work and health” using the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study. Primary emphasis is placed on the fundamental role paid work plays in producing health outcomes, and modifiable elements of the workplace that could contribute to improvements in human health. Work and employment assessments are fundamental cornerstones of the MIDUS enterprise; consequently, it is well equipped to shed light on and advance thinking about health-promoting (or -damaging) effects of paid employment. The chapter begins with a basic description of theoretical models frequently used to understand how and why work may affect health outcomes. The chapter discusses the contributions made to the work and health literature by the diverse studies made possible through the MIDUS enterprise. The chapter concludes with recommendations for future studies that take advantage of the unique data presented by the MIDUS.

Keywords: MIDUS study, paid work, health outcomes, workplace, human health, employment, work and health, health promotion

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