Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10620/18083
Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: A Family Affair: Job Loss and the Mental Health of Spouses and Adolescents
Authors: Cobb-Clark, Deborah A 
Bubonya, Melisa 
Wooden, Mark 
Institution: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Publication Date: Oct-2014
Publisher: IZA
Pages: 52
Keywords: involuntary job loss
mental health
adolescents
unemployment
families
spouses
HILDA Survey
Abstract: 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.
DOI: 10.1186/s40172-017-0056-1
URL: http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=8588
Keywords: Health -- Mental; Relationships -- Spouse; Children -- Adolescents and youth; Employment -- Security of employment; Families; Employment -- Unemployment
Research collection: Reports and technical papers
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