Reference : Unemployment at 50+: economic and psychosocial consequences
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Social, industrial & organizational psychology
Migration and Inclusive Societies
Unemployment at 50+: economic and psychosocial consequences
Murdock, Elke mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) >]
Filbig, Marceline mailto []
Borges Neves, Rita mailto [University of Sheffield]
International Perspectives on Aging Book Series
Social Exclusion in Later Life: Interdisciplinary and Policy Perspectives. International Perspectives on Aging
Wanka, Anna mailto
Walsh, Kieran mailto
Scharf, Thomas mailto
Van Regenmortel, Sofie mailto
Volume 28
47 - 60
[en] Social exclusion ; econmic exlusion ; Unemployment ; unemployment in older adults
[en] Throughout the lifespan, unemployment has severe consequences in terms of economic exclusion, and overall social exclusion, but is compounded in older age. Within the EU, a growing number of older adults (50+) are affected by joblessness. Job loss at a later stage in a professional career may determine an early and permanent exit from the labour market with significant psychosocial consequences. Herein lies the age-specific risk for older unemployed adults: once becoming unemployed they are at greater risk at staying unemployed. As a result, older unemployed people may face income cuts, deprivation of a central adulthood role and their mental and physical health may suffer.
In this chapter, we draw attention to the latent functions of work, and the psychosocial consequences of job loss in later life. Applying a life-course perspective, the aim of this chapter is to explore how job loss can be framed as a form of acute economic exclusion, and how this exclusion can have significant implications for poor mental health. In a context of rising retirement ages, and the lack of preparedness of the labour market to deal with an ageing workforce, it is essential to understand these dynamics to guide policy development.
Cost Action
. COST Action CA15122 Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet)
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