Date of Paper

5-2012

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

msw

Department

socialwork

First Advisor

Jessica Toft

Abstract

This research looks to explore three research questions: 1) What are the health concerns people believe are related to their unemployment? 2) What are the mental health concerns people believe are related to their unemployment? 3) Finally, do genders experience a difference in unemployment-related health effects and mental health issues? The research took place by an interviewing process. The respondents were found by advertising via informational flyers posted in a southern Minnesota community. Ultimately, three respondents were interviewed. The respondents discussed the financial effects of unemployment reporting that this was a deterrent in their job searching process. Additionally, all respondents had physical health concerns and explored the impact of unemployment on those concerns. The mental health concerns that respondents had varied and affected each differently. The issue of unemployment has many implications in social work practice. On the micro level, social workers are going to be faced with a variety of issues from financial to mental health concerns. On the macro level, additional research was recommended to address the current degree of unemployment.

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