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ABSTRACT: Several studies show that paid work has a positive effect on women's health, although few studies have shown this relationship in Southern-European countries. The aim of this paper was to analyze the self-perceived health status of women of Barcelona, Spain according to their type of work (homemaker or worker).
Cross sectional study using the 1992 Barcelona Health Interview Survey data. Subjects: 1194 women aged 25 to 64 years old. Bivariate analysis of women's perceived health status by all other variables. A logistic regression model was performed with the dependent variable being women's self-perceived health status and the independent variables: type of work (homemaker or worker), age, number of chronic diseases, medical care visits, children under 12 years and elderly over 65 years living at home and social class based on occupation.
15.8% of workers and 31.4% of homemakers reported poor self-perceived health status (p < 0.05). This same distribution was maintained when adjusting for all independent variables. Social class had an important relationship with health, with women from lower social classes reporting poorer self-perceived health status than homemakers from upper social classes.
The 1992 Barcelona Health Interview Survey analysis confirms that in Barcelona as well, paid work has a positive relationship on women's self-perceived health status.
Medicina Clínica 04/1997; 108(15):566-71. · 1.40 Impact Factor