Youth unemployment and psychological distress in the Republic of Ireland

D F Hannan, S ORiain, C T Whelan

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    Abstract

    Unemployment is the most significant influence on the levels of psychological dis tress of young adults. Unlike the situation for the adult population, social class and income are not contributory factors. Social class of origin, however, does have a contributory effect. Feelings of lack of control and attribution of responsibility for employment solely to structural or political factors increase the impact of unemployment. Evidence in relation to employment commitment does not support ''culture of poverty'' type explanations. Unemployed youth appear to be ''people with a problem'' rather than ''problem people''. (C) 1997 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)307-320
    Number of pages14
    JournalJournal of Adolescence
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997

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    Hannan, D. F., ORiain, S., & Whelan, C. T. (1997). Youth unemployment and psychological distress in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Adolescence, 20(3), 307-320.