“If you can decide how you are going to do your job, rather than having that imposed on you, it is better for children,” said Christiane Spitzmueller, a professor at the University of Houston in the US.
The good news, she said, is that there are things organisations can do to provide employees with that sense of control.
The researchers collected data from both parents and children in Lagos, Nigeria, targeting one group of low-income families and a second group of more affluent families.
In the study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, teenage children from both groups were surveyed at their schools and asked to assess their own health.
While the low-income group included people living in dire poverty, Spitzmueller noted that their responses did not differ markedly from those of the wealthier…
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