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Overeducation and depressive symptoms: diminishing mental health returns to education

Piet Bracke UGent, Elise Pattyn UGent and Olaf von dem Knesebeck (2013) SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS. 35(8). p.1242-1259
abstract
In general, well-educated people enjoy better mental health than those with less education. As a result, some wonder whether there are limits to the mental health benefits of education. Inspired by the literature on the expansion of tertiary education, this article explores marginal mental health returns to education and studies the mental health status of overeducated people. To enhance the validity of the findings we use two indicators of educational attainment - years of education and ISCED97 categories - and two objective indicators of overeducation (the realised matches method and the job analyst method) in a sample of the working population of 25 European countries (unweighted sample N=19,089). Depression is measured using an eight-item version of the CES-D scale. We find diminishing mental health returns to education. In addition, overeducated people report more depression symptoms. Both findings hold irrespective of the indicators used. The results must be interpreted in the light of the enduring expansion of education, as our findings show that the discussion of the relevance of the human capital perspective, and the diploma disease view on the relationship between education and modern society, is not obsolete.
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PERSONAL CONTROL, ECONOMIC HARDSHIP, SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS, LABOR-MARKET, cross-national comparative research, education, overeducation, mental health, IMPACT, EXPANSION, DISORDERS, SOCIAL STRESS, MISMATCH, EUROPE
journal title
SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS
Sociol. Health Ill.
volume
35
issue
8
pages
1242 - 1259
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000327255300008
JCR category
SOCIOLOGY
JCR impact factor
2.014 (2013)
JCR rank
10/138 (2013)
JCR quartile
1 (2013)
ISSN
0141-9889
DOI
10.1111/1467-9566.12039
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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3038882
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3038882
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2012-10-30 14:35:16
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2015-06-17 10:17:42
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  author       = {Bracke, Piet and Pattyn, Elise and von dem Knesebeck, Olaf},
  issn         = {0141-9889},
  journal      = {SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH \& ILLNESS},
  keyword      = {PERSONAL CONTROL,ECONOMIC HARDSHIP,SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS,LABOR-MARKET,cross-national comparative research,education,overeducation,mental health,IMPACT,EXPANSION,DISORDERS,SOCIAL STRESS,MISMATCH,EUROPE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {1242--1259},
  title        = {Overeducation and depressive symptoms: diminishing mental health returns to education},
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  volume       = {35},
  year         = {2013},
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Chicago
Bracke, Piet, Elise Pattyn, and Olaf von dem Knesebeck. 2013. “Overeducation and Depressive Symptoms: Diminishing Mental Health Returns to Education.” Sociology of Health & Illness 35 (8): 1242–1259.
APA
Bracke, P., Pattyn, E., & von dem Knesebeck, O. (2013). Overeducation and depressive symptoms: diminishing mental health returns to education. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS, 35(8), 1242–1259.
Vancouver
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Bracke P, Pattyn E, von dem Knesebeck O. Overeducation and depressive symptoms: diminishing mental health returns to education. SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS. 2013;35(8):1242–59.
MLA
Bracke, Piet, Elise Pattyn, and Olaf von dem Knesebeck. “Overeducation and Depressive Symptoms: Diminishing Mental Health Returns to Education.” SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS 35.8 (2013): 1242–1259. Print.