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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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Buffers and predictors of mental health problems among unemployed young women in countries with different breadwinner models

Buffers and predictors of mental health problems among unemployed young women in countries with different breadwinner models

Chapter:
(p.155) Nine Buffers and predictors of mental health problems among unemployed young women in countries with different breadwinner models
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Youth unemployment and social exclusion in Europe
Author(s):

Ilse Julkunen

Ira Malmberg-heimonen

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343680.003.0009

This chapter examines young women's experiences of unemployment in Finland, Sweden, Germany and Spain. It describes how different predictors and buffers affect mental health in different countries. It starts by comparing the labour market context of women and cross-country differences regarding welfare arrangements. It then presents a short overview of research concerning unemployment and wellbeing among women. The empirical research is reported, which covers a comparison of mental health problems among young unemployed women and men, and further explores the influence of different buffers and predictors of mental health problems among women in countries with different breadwinner models. Financial dependency predicts mental health problems among unemployed young women in Finland, Sweden and Spain. In Germany, no substantial effects are found in relation to the predicting variables. The results demonstrate that the buffers and predictors of mental health problems among unemployed women vary between dual and male breadwinner model countries.

Keywords:   mental health problems, youth unemployment, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, labour market, buffers, predictors, young women

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