Since 2006, the national unemployment rate has steadily increased, from 4% to nearly 10% in 2009.
Meta-analytic data suggest there is inverse correlation between unemployment and concurrent depression symptoms.
However, only a few studies have examined the longitudinal links between employment status and depression.
Presence of a romantic partner has been shown to buffer the negative consequences of unemployment. Research questions: Does earlier employment status predict changes in depressive symptoms controlling for concurrent employment status?
Do changes in employment status relate to changes in depressive symptoms?
Does involvement in a romantic relationship at age 26 moderate the relation between changes in employment status and depressive symptoms?
Additional contributors: Jessica Salvatore; W. Andrew Collins (faculty mentor)
This research was sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
Steele, Ryan D..
Prospective Longitudinal Links between Unemployment and Depressive Symptoms in Young Adults.
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