Economic Stress Depresses Young AdultsA new study suggests the current economic crisis will do more than just affect the pocketbook of our young workforce.

The review is based on historical information that discovered being unemployed for long durations as a young adult resulted in higher levels of depressive symptoms later in life.

In particluar, scientists examined whether unemployment while looking for a job and being out of the labor force while not seeking work would have distinct effects on symptoms of depression among young women and men in the United States.

Using data from the 1979-1994 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the study found that current unemployment status and out-of-the-labor-force status were significantly associated with depressive symptoms at ages 29 to 37 years.

Results further revealed that past unemployment duration across 15 years of the transition to adulthood predicted depressive symptoms. However, past duration out of the labor force did not predict depressive symptoms.

The researchers assert that “medical interventions, social welfare initiatives, and public health policies targeted to counteract spells of unemployment and protect mental health during the transition to adulthood could ultimately improve population health in the future.”

Source: American Journal of Public Health