Unemployment, Social Vulnerability, and Health in Europe by Detlef Schwefel
This book considers the theoretical, methodological, empirical and political questions on the relationship between unemployment and health. Social and psychological aspects are given particular attention. The main part of the book deals with empirical research from nine European countries. Analyses from Eastern Europe are compared with corresponding studies from the West. Youth and long-term unemployment, and the psychological effects of unemployment are important issues discussed, as are the political conclusions drawn by the Council of Europe and the WHO. A valuable feature of the book is its broad multinational and interdisciplinary scope, including work from economists, sociologists, psychologists and epidemiologists. It will be of interest both to researchers and to politicians and offers an important contribution to European research on unemployment and health.
Questions and Methods.- Unemployment, Social Vulnerability, and Health in Europe.- Problems of Measuring the Impact of Economic Change on Health.- Western Cases.- Plant Closures, Unemployment, and Health: Danish Experiences from the Declining Ship-Building Industry.- Health Effects of Unemployment: Approaches and Results of Empirical Research in the Federal Republic of Germany.- Research on Unemployment and Health in Great Britain.- Unemployment in a Developing Country: The Case of Greece.- Unemployment and Health: Findings of a Study in Sardinia.- The Subterranean Economy as a Survival Strategy: The Spanish Case.- Eastern Cases.- “Double Employment” and Health in Hungary.- Full Employment Policy and Rationalization and Health in Poland — An Outline.- Hospitalization of the Unemployed and the Relationship of the Rate of Unemployment to Some Socioeconomic and Sociomedical Indicators in Slovenia.- Youth Unemployment.- The Effects of Youth Unemployment: A Review of the Literature.- Unemployment and the Restructuring of Youth Labour Markets.- Young and Unemployed: Special Problems?.- Long-Term Unemployment.- Long-Term Unemployment: Its Role in Complex Vulnerabilities and their Health Consequences.- Vulnerability Among Long-Term Unemployed. A Longitudinal Study of Mental and Physical Health Among Swedish Women at Different Phases of Unemployment — Some Preliminary Results.- Psychological Impacts.- Psychological Impacts of Unemployment: Theory, Research Methodology, Assessment, and Help.- The Psychological Impact of Continuing Unemployment: Some Longitudinal Data and a General Model.- Self-Disclosure and Help-Seeking as Determinants of Vulnerability: Case Studies of Unemployed from Social-Psychiatric Services and Recommendations for Health and Social Policy.- Becoming Socially “Invulnerable”.- Actions.- Actions and Policy Recommendations. A WHO Perspective — European Region.- Unemployment, Social Vulnerability, and Health. Activities of the Council of Europe.