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Mental Health, Mortality Linked to Work Autonomy, Cognitive Ability to Meet Job Demands

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Our mental health and mortality appear to be significantly linked to the amount of autonomy we have at work, as well as our workload, job demands and our cognitive ability to deal with those demands, according to a new study at Indiana University.

The study, titled “This Job Is (Literally) Killing Me: A Moderated-Mediated Model Linking Work Characteristics to Mortality,” is published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. “When job demands are greater than the control afforded by the job or an individual’s ability to deal with those demands, there is a deterioration of their mental health and, accordingly, an increased likelihood of death,” said Erik Gonzalez-Mulé, assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resources from the

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