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|A Family Affair: Job Loss and the Mental Health of Spouses and Adolescents
|Cobb-Clark, Deborah A
|Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
|involuntary job loss
|This study examines the impact of involuntary job loss on the mental health of family members. Estimates from fixed-effects panel data models, using panel data for Australia, provide little evidence of any negative spillover effect on the mental health of husbands as a result of their wives’ job loss. The mental well-being of wives, however, declines following their husbands’ job loss, but only if that job loss results in a sustained period of nonemployment or if the couple experienced financial hardship or relationship strain prior to the husband’s job loss. A negative effect of parental job loss on the mental health of co-resident adolescent children is also found, but appears to be restricted to girls.
|Health -- Mental; Relationships -- Spouse; Children -- Adolescents and youth; Employment -- Security of employment; Families; Employment -- Unemployment
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