Unemployment as a source of mental distress to individuals and their family: Unemployed parents' perceptions during the economic recession

Diana Frasquilho, Margarida Gaspar de Matos, Teresa Santos, Tania Gaspar, José M. Caldas de Almeida

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Abstract

Background: Due to the economic recession, several people in Europe became unemployed. This situation may risk their mental health. Aim: This study explored parents' perceptions about their unemployment's effects in daily life during the recession. Methods: A total of 59 unemployed parents (40.7% fathers and 59.3% mothers), ageing 44.4years (6.2), answer a question on how the unemployment affected their family lives. Thematic analysis was used to analyse data. Results: The findings suggest that unemployment is a source of adult and youth mental distress and of economic hardship and changes in family relations. Conclusion: Support to unemployed individuals and their families could benefit from these insights when granting the needed financial and socioemotional assistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-486
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • Economic recession
  • family relations
  • mental health
  • socioeconomic factors
  • thematic analysis
  • unemployment

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