[Articles] Youth coping with unemployment. The role of social support.

There is little doubt that unemployment has a number of negative consequences for those who are in such a situation of exclusion from the labor market. Beingdeprivedofapaidjobentailsariskofsocialexclusionand isolation, Paugam (2009) uses the concept of “social disqualification” to label this phenomenon, but potentially also has a number of negativeconsequences on the personal life and well-being of unemployed people. This is especially true when unemployment is sustained over time. The classical study by Jahoda et al. (1933) for example, showed how long-term unemployment upset the whole life of the people who remain outside of the labor market for a long period of time. Among the difficulties they face is the lack of a daily routine or time structure.

This paper deals with the negative consequences of long-term unemployment on youth. More specifically, we examine how different forms of social support may help youth cope, in their everyday life, with the absence of employment. In particular, we deal with two aspects of their psychological well-being: the degree of anxiety they face and their level of happiness. Moreover, we do not only include different forms of social support: sociability, practical help, and financial help, but also three providers of support: the partner, the family, and friends. We propose to study the effects of different forms and providers of social support for the youngsters who are coping with long-term unemployment.

Author(s): Jasmine Lorenzini, Marco Giugni

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