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Youth unemployment and social exclusion in EuropeA comparative study$
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Torild Hammer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343680

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.001.0001

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

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

Chapter:
(p.173) Ten Economic hardship, employment status and psychological wellbeing of young people in Europe
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Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe
Author(s):

José Luis Álvaro

Alicia Garrido

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.003.0010

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

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