Mental Health and Wellbeing and Unemployment

Paul Flatau, June Galea, Ray Petridis

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This article examines the relationship between mental health and wellbeing and unemploy- ment utilising the 1995 National Health Survey (1995 NHS) and the 1997 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adults (1997 SMHWB) data sets. Three indicators of mental health and wellbeing are adopted. The first is a psychological wellbeing measure derived from responses to questions included in the 1995 NHS on time felt down, happy, peaceful, and nervous (the SF-36 mental health scale). The second indicator relates to diagnoses of mental disorders including substance use disorders, affective disorders and anxiety disorders. Our final indicator relates to suicidal thoughts and plans and (unsuccessful) suicide attempts. On the basis of these measures, unemployed per- sons exhibit poorer mental health and wellbe- ing outcomes than the full-time employed. 1. Introduction * We are grateful to David Johnson and two anonym
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-81
Number of pages21
JournalThe Australian Economic Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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