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Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2016 Aug;62(5):477-86. doi: 10.1177/0020764016650469. Epub 2016 Jun 9.

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

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1
Nova Medical School and Center for Malaria & Tropical Diseases (CMDT)/Institute of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (IHMT), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal William James Research Center, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA), Lisbon, Portugal diana.frasquilho@hbsc.org.
2
William James Research Center, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA), Lisbon, Portugal Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal Instituto de Saúde Ambiental (ISAMB), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
3
William James Research Center, Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (ISPA), Lisbon, Portugal.
4
Instituto de Saúde Ambiental (ISAMB), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal Institute of Psychology and Educational Sciences Lusíada University, Lisbon, Portugal.
5
Department of Mental Health, Nova Medical School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

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 44.4 years (±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.

KEYWORDS:

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

PMID:
27282174
DOI:
10.1177/0020764016650469
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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