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Economic hardship, employment status and psychological wellbeing of young people in Europe

José Luis Álvaro and Alicia Garrido

in Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.003.0010
Economic hardship, employment status and psychological wellbeing of young people in Europe

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This chapter compares the emotional impact of unemployment, exploring the extent to which the emotional wellbeing of the unemployed person is affected by the characteristics of the context in which the unemployment is experienced. It is shown that Denmark is where young unemployed people have the greatest probability of finding a job, and that this probability is lowest in Italy. It is also noted that the economic difficulties experienced by young people in northern European countries are greater than those found in southern European countries. It can be concluded that it is in Denmark where young people are in the best situation. The data also indicate that the economic instability associated with unemployment is a basic factor affecting the mental health of the unemployed.

Keywords: youth unemployment; Denmark; Italy; economic instability; mental health; emotional wellbeing

Chapter.  9151 words.  Illustrated.

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