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The effects of unemployment on health of family members

Project description

How job loss affects the family

Unemployment adversely affects the mental and physical health of an individual. But how does this experience affect the individual’s family? The EU-funded HEALFAM project examines the effects of unemployment on health within families. Specifically, the project investigates the impact of job loss on the health of partners, children and elderly parents of the unemployed. HEALFAM aims to open a new frontline of research on health and wellbeing from a life course perspective, using longitudinal data that provide information about multiple members of families across societies. Instead of viewing the unemployed as functioning in isolation, HEALFAM assesses the consequences of unemployment for family members, taking a multi-actor perspective and international comparative approach.

Objective

Previous research has investigated the relationship between unemployment and health from a perspective of an isolated individual. HEALFAM takes a novel approach and examines how transition to unemployment triggers diffusion of ill mental and physical health within families. It investigates how becoming unemployed affects health outcomes of partners, children and elderly parents of the unemployed and whether the magnitudes of these influences differ across families and societies. Thus, instead of viewing the unemployed as functioning in isolation, HEALFAM assesses the consequences of unemployment for family members taking a multi-actor perspective and international comparative approach.
Guided by the life course theoretical framework, which views health and well-being as a process rather than a state and calls for considering interrelatedness of individuals, HEALFAM employs longitudinal data that provide information about multiple members of families. In order to analyse these datasets, HEALFAM uses longitudinal dyadic data analysis techniques as well as multilevel models for longitudinal data.
HEALFAM aims to open a new frontline of research on health and wellbeing from a life course perspective. It benefits from my knowledge on three interrelated social phenomena: (1) the role of labour market career and experiences of unemployment (2) family structure and intra-family resources (3) social antecedents of health and wellbeing among family members. It draws on high quality register and panel survey data as well as the expertise at the interdisciplinary research centres that I am connected to at Umeå University. Through international collaborations, it brings together experts in multiple disciplines carrying out research taking a life course perspective.

Host institution

UMEA UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 1 477 556,25
Address
UNIVERSITETOMRADET
901 87 Umea
Sweden

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Region
Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Västerbottens län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 1 477 556,25

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