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Round 6: Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom

English title Wellbeing and unemployment
Language English
Type Conference paper/poster
Year 2019


“Both economic and psychological research provides convincing evidence that unemployment adversely affects a person’s wellbeing”. In this presentation, we investigated the contingency problems between the 2012 European Social Survey (ESS) measurement of the personal and social wellbeing and the employment status. The analysis was based on the datasets of Hungary, Spain and the United Kingdom.

For the measurement of wellbeing, we used the proposed in our previous work subscales that had resulted from the investigation of the structure and the assessment of the psychometric properties of the 2012 ESS measurement of wellbeing. Six subscales of wellbeing were defined for Hungary: emotional wellbeing, vitality, functioning specific, functioning general, community wellbeing and supportive relationships. Four subscales of wellbeing were defined for Spain and the UK: emotional wellbeing positive, emotional wellbeing negative, functioning specific and functioning general. The employment status was measured in the ESS by a perception question as is the case in all large-scale social sample surveys.

The results of comparing the mean scores on the wellbeing subscales of the unemployed and employed showed that in all three countries, the mean scores of the unemployed on the wellbeing subscales were lower than those of the employed in all subscales. Although, these findings confirmed relevant theory, this was not the case for other datasets that were tested (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland) and therefore further research is necessary.

Conference nameSupporting expertise in inclusive growth (InGRID) - Experts' Workshop
LocationPanteion University of Social and Political Sciences
Start dateMar 28 2019
End dateMar 29 2019
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