Unemployment affects children too

Children’s wellbeing can be affected when a parent becomes unemployed, a new study has found.

The research, conducted by the Melbourne Institute and the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, Essen, Germany, focused on German data collected between 1991 and 2009, and on adolescents between ages 17-25 who were living with their parents.

The study found that if a father becomes unemployed due to a company closure, his son’s wellbeing will decrease. In contrast, the research shows that daughters are not affected by their parents unemployment, suggesting that daughters may be more independent of their parents, or simply don’t have the same attachment to the labour market as their male counterparts.

Read more at University of Melbourne