A New Start? : Implications of Work for the Dole on Mental Health of Unemployed Young Australians

Philip, T. & Mallan, Kerry (2015) A New Start? : Implications of Work for the Dole on Mental Health of Unemployed Young Australians. CYRC Occasional Papers, 2015(1).

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Abstract

This paper summarises literature on unemployment, mental health and Work for the Dole programs. Australian and international evidence suggests that unemployed young people are more likely to experience mental health problems than employed people (e.g. greater anxiety and depression, higher suicide rates). Drawing on research undertaken in Australia and overseas we identify a link between mental health and unemployment. However, there is a lack of firm evidence with respect to the impact of Work for the Dole programs on the mental health of unemployed young Australians. There is the possibility that with the Australian Government's proposed expansion of the program any benefits of Work for the Dole on mental health of young unemployed people could be diminished or lost. There is a clear need for more research in this area.

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ID Code: 82161
Item Type: Review
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Youth unemployment, Mental health, Welfare benefits
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Children and Youth Research Centre
Copyright Statement: Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives
CC BY-NC-ND
Deposited On: 03 Mar 2015 23:52
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 23:54

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