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HBSC Network Publishes: Adolescents' psychological health complaints and the recession – a 31 country comparison

The global economic recession of 2007 has had a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of the adult population - threatening living conditions through anticipated and actual losses of economic and social security. To date, no study has investigated the impact of this downturn on adolescent health. New research, led by members of the HBSC study, examined the effect of this crisis on the psychological health complaints of young people in a cross-national comparison.

HBSC data (2005/06 and 2009/10) was used to measure changes in psychological health complaints pre and during the recession, in the context of changing adolescent and adult unemployment rates. A logistic multilevel regression was used to model the impact of absolute unemployment in 2010 and its change rate between 2005–06 and 2009–10 on adolescents’ psychological health complaints in 2010.

This research found that although youth and adult unemployment has increased during the economic crisis, rates of psychological health complaints among adolescents were unaffected in some countries and even decreased in others. The findings revealed that only current youth unemployment was significantly associated with psychological health complaints, whereas its change rate in light of the recession as well as adult unemployment did not.

The authors call upon Governments to intensify efforts to limit youth unemployment, which has grown since the recent recession, to reduce the short- and long-term costs of economic insecurity for adolescents and society at large.

You can find the paper here.


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[12-06-2014 to 09-09-2014]


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