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Mental health and wellbeing and unemployment

Flatau, P., Galea, J. and Petridis, R. (2000) Mental health and wellbeing and unemployment. The Australian Economic Review, 33 (2). pp. 161-181.

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This article examines the relationship between mental health and wellbeing and unemployment utilising the 1995 National Health Survey (1995 NHS) and the 1997 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adults (1997 SMHWB) data sets. Three indicators of mental health and wellbeing are adopted. The first is a psychological wellbeing measure derived from responses to questions included in the 1995 NHS on time felt down, happy, peaceful, and nervous (the SF-36 mental health scale). The second indicator relates to diagnoses of mental disorders including substance use disorders, affective disorders and anxiety disorders. Our final indicator relates to suicidal thoughts and plans and (unsuccessful) suicide attempts. On the basis of these measures, unemployed persons exhibit poorer mental health and wellbeing outcomes than the full-time employed.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Labour Market Research
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Copyright: 2000 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
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