Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the extent to which family roles and settings can mediate the impact of unemployment on psychological well-being among Italian households. Design/methodology/approach: Using the European Health Interview Survey data for 2015, the authors adopt linear regression models to evaluate the effect of family settings on the mental health outcomes of unemployment, in particular on the likelihood of developing depression. The latter is measured using the internationally validated Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-8). Since the gender gap in occupation has not ceased to exist in Italy, special attention is paid to the differences between males and females in the workforce. Findings: The results suggest that involvement in parental roles has a moderating influence on unemployment mental health outcomes among both men and women, although it has a higher effect on the female workforce. Moreover, the study shows that “not living far from the family of origin” could be considered a crucial moderating factor for both gender categories. Originality/value: The novelty of this paper lies in its consideration of the implications the social definition of gender roles may have on gender-related expectancies and attributions in life domains, such as work and family.

Russo, C., Decataldo, A., & Terraneo, M. (2021). The effect of parental roles on mental health outcomes of unemployment: a gender perspective. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL POLICY, 41(13-14), 16-33 [10.1108/IJSSP-04-2021-0093].

The effect of parental roles on mental health outcomes of unemployment: a gender perspective

Russo, C
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Decataldo, A;Terraneo, M
2021

Abstract

Purpose: This paper aims to investigate the extent to which family roles and settings can mediate the impact of unemployment on psychological well-being among Italian households. Design/methodology/approach: Using the European Health Interview Survey data for 2015, the authors adopt linear regression models to evaluate the effect of family settings on the mental health outcomes of unemployment, in particular on the likelihood of developing depression. The latter is measured using the internationally validated Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-8). Since the gender gap in occupation has not ceased to exist in Italy, special attention is paid to the differences between males and females in the workforce. Findings: The results suggest that involvement in parental roles has a moderating influence on unemployment mental health outcomes among both men and women, although it has a higher effect on the female workforce. Moreover, the study shows that “not living far from the family of origin” could be considered a crucial moderating factor for both gender categories. Originality/value: The novelty of this paper lies in its consideration of the implications the social definition of gender roles may have on gender-related expectancies and attributions in life domains, such as work and family.
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Gender perspective; Italy; Parental roles; Psychological well-being; Unemployment;
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Russo, C., Decataldo, A., & Terraneo, M. (2021). The effect of parental roles on mental health outcomes of unemployment: a gender perspective. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL POLICY, 41(13-14), 16-33 [10.1108/IJSSP-04-2021-0093].
Russo, C; Decataldo, A; Terraneo, M
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