Study: People Without Paid Sick Leave Report Higher Levels of Mental Distress

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Study: People Without Paid Sick Leave Report Higher Levels of Mental Distress
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Two WFRN members, Dr. Patricia Stoddard Dare and Dr. LeaAnne DeRigne, published research this week in the Journal of Orthopsychiatry

This research finds workers who lack paid sick leave experience a statistically significant higher level of psychological distress compared to workers who have paid sick leave benefits. These findings were observed after controlling for 20 factors known to influence psychological distress. Workers who lack paid sick leave also report their distress symptoms are nearly 1.5 times more likely to interfere “A LOT” with their life and activities compare to workers with paid sick leave.

This research was featured in a CNN Health Minute the week of September 19, 2017 and was syndicated and broadcast in over 100 outlets across the U.S..