Rewarding work : cross-national differences in benefits, volunteering during unemployment, well-being and mental health

Kamerāde, D and Bennett, MR 2017, 'Rewarding work : cross-national differences in benefits, volunteering during unemployment, well-being and mental health' , Work, Employment and Society .

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Abstract

Due to increasing labour market flexibilisation a growing number of people are likely to experience unemployment and, as a consequence, lower mental health and well-being. This article examines cross-national differences in well-being and mental health between unemployed people who engage in voluntary work and those who do not, using multilevel data from the European Quality of Life Survey on unemployed individuals in 29 European countries and other external sources. This article finds that, regardless of their voluntary activity, unemployed people have higher levels of well-being and mental health in countries with more generous unemployment benefits. Unexpectedly, the results also suggest that regular volunteering can actually be detrimental for mental health in countries with less generous unemployment benefits. This article concludes that individual agency exercised through voluntary work can partially improve well-being but the generosity of unemployment benefits is vital for alleviating the negative mental health effects of unemployment.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Work, Employment and Society
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0950-0170
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Funders: The European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration
Depositing User: Dr D Kamerāde
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 13:36
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 11:07
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40992

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