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Alleviating depression in the unemployed: Adequate financial support, hope and early retirement

Michael Frese ()

Social Science & Medicine, 1987, vol. 25, issue 2, 213-215

Abstract: Results of a longitudinal study on older blue-collar workers in the Federal Republic of Germany ([1] Soc. Sci. Med. 25, 173-178, 1987) showed that people who retired out of unemployment improve in depression similar to those people who found a job. Furthermore, financial problems and disappointed hope were important in the development of depression in the unemployed. These results are relevant for measures to alleviate depression in the unemployed in three areas: early retirement and an increase of financial unemployment compensation are recommended. Furthermore, all those programs (like counseling or therapeutic programs) that increase hope to find a job without increasing the chances to find a job have to be viewed with skepticism because they might actually turn out to be dysfunctional.

Keywords: unemployment; depression; therapy; financial; situation; retirement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1987
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