RAMSAY LIEM is Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester and completed postdoctoral studies in community psychology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Currently he is reexamining the ideological and theoretical grounding of the concept of social victim, and studying individual and cultural expressions of efficacy among unemployed workers.
Psychological Effects of Unemployment on Workers and Their Families
Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
1988 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 44, Issue 4, pages 87–105, Winter 1988
How to Cite
Liem, R. and Liem, J. H. (1988), Psychological Effects of Unemployment on Workers and Their Families. Journal of Social Issues, 44: 87–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1988.tb02093.x
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2010
This paper reviews findings from a panel study of Boston area unemployed men and their families. Psychological effects of unemployment on workers and their wives are summarized, particularly for the first half year of joblessness. Family responses to job loss are also examined, including the role of the marital relationship in buffering workers' stress. Finally, policy and service implications of this research are discussed. Consideration is given not only to the mental health needs of workers, but to frequently overlooked qualities of efficacy and resilience among the unemployed.