Quality of life among unemployed and employed people in northern Sweden: Are there any differences?
2006 (English)In: Work, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 26, no 1, 47-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study analysed self-assessed quality of life (QoL), using a QoL questionnaire (Hörnquist's QLcs) covering life spheres, somatic health, mental well-being, cognitive ability, social and family life, activity, financial situation, meaning in life and a global score "entire life", for young people aged 18–24 in a population-based cross-sectional study in northern Sweden. Of these, 651 were unemployed and 2802 were in work (employed, students and in military service). Results showed that the young unemployed exhibited poorer QoL than the young in work and the greatest difference was found regarding their financial situation. Young men rated somatic health and mental well-being higher than young women. However, QoL in other essential domains was rated higher by young women in work. Close friends and money reserve were important for all participants, no matter whether they were employed or not. The risk of being young and unemployed was greater if the person had a worse financial situation, shorter education, and fewer leisure activities with other people. Finally, it was concluded that while QoL is poorer when in unemployment – both for the young and those who are older (aged 25–64) – psychological well-being, in contrast to several previous studies, is even poorer for young people than for those who are older. This is worrying in a public health perspective and could have implications for unemployment policies for younger and less well-educated age groups
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 26, no 1, 47-56 p.
Unemployment, Young, Quality of Life, Health
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-19PubMedID: 16373979OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-19DiVA: diva2:699323