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Towards a Sociological Understanding of Mental Well being Among the Unemployed � s: The Role of Economic and Psychosocial Factors
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2867-8537
1999 (English)In: Sociology: the journal of the British Sociological Association, ISSN 0038-0385, Vol. 33, no 3, 577-597 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Classic research on unemployment and mental health has focused on the functions of employment. These functions are considered to be of equal importance for all unemployed. A critique of this perspective has been that it views the unemployed as passive and homogenous. Instead, an agency approach has been suggested, which focuses on the individual goals of the unem¬ployed. This paper develops and tests a model for understanding the differentiated mental conse¬quences of unemployment, which on a theoretical level integrates both the structural restrictions of the unemployment situation and the agency of the individual. The model is based on previous findings which indicate that mental well-being is dependent on the economic need for employment, on the one hand, and on the psychosocial need for employment, on the other hand. The model integrates both these aspects and results show that the combined effect is of central importance for the differentiated mental well-being of the unemployed. The analysis is based on a longitudinal survey of 3 500 randomly selected, unemployed Swedes.

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1999. Vol. 33, no 3, 577-597 p.
Keyword [en]
unemployment, mental health, theory, economic need, psychosocial need
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Sociology Nursing Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-815DOI: 10.1177/S003803859900036XLocal ID: 5044OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-815DiVA: diva2:25847
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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