Self-reported health, self-esteem and social support among young unemployed people: a population-based study

Lars Axelsson, Göran Ejlertsson

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Abstract

A population-based study was performed in southern Sweden in the autumn of 1998. The aim was to study connections between self-reported health, self-esteem and social support among unemployed (≥ three months) young people. The sample consisted of 264 unemployed individuals aged 20–25 years, and 528 individuals of the same age, randomly selected from the population register and not registered as unemployed. The response rate was 72%. Defined by means of factor analysis, mental health consisted of the symptoms tearfulness, dysphoria, sleeping disturbance, restlessness, general fatigue and irritability. The unemployed had more mental health problems than young people who were working or studying. Restlessness and dysphoria were significantly over-represented in the unemployed among both sexes. However, good social support seemed to predict mental health. Support from parents was most important, particularly in males. Those with low self-esteem and poor parental support were especially vulnerable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Work Sciences (50903)

Keywords

  • Unemployment
  • self-esteem
  • self-rated health
  • social support
  • youth

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