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Race-based job discrimination, disparities in job control, and their joint effects on health
Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Achieving Health Equity in the Workplace
Volume 57, Issue 5, pages 587–595, May 2014
How to Cite
Meyer, J. D. (2014), Race-based job discrimination, disparities in job control, and their joint effects on health. Am. J. Ind. Med., 57: 587–595. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22255
- Issue online: 7 APR 2014
- Version of Record online: 16 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 AUG 2013
- job control;
- job discrimination;
- work psychosocial environment;
- racial disparities in health;
- occupational disparities
To examine disparities between job control scores in Black and White subjects and attempt to discern whether self-rated low job control in Blacks may arise from structural segregation into different jobs, or represents individual responses to race-based discrimination in hiring or promotion.
Data from the National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) were analyzed by mixed-effects linear regression and variance regression to determine the effects of grouping by occupation, and racial discrimination in hiring or promotion, on control scores from the Job Content Questionnaire in Black and White subjects. Path analyses were constructed to determine the mediating effect of discrimination on pathways from education and job control to self-rated health.
Black subjects exhibited lower mean job control scores compared to Whites (mean score difference 2.26, P < 0.001) adjusted for age, sex, education, and income. This difference narrowed to 1.86 when adjusted for clustering by occupation, and was greatly reduced by conditioning on race-based discrimination (score difference 1.03, P = 0.12). Path analyses showed greater reported discrimination in Blacks with increasing education, and a stronger effect of job control on health in Black subjects.
Individual racially-based discrimination appears a stronger determinant than structural segregation in reduced job control in Black workers, and may contribute to health disparities consequent on work. Am. J. Ind. Med. 57:587–595, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.