Job insecurity linked to depression during COVID-19: study
“It is clear from this study that the Covid-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on young adults,” said study author Kyle T Ganson of the University of Toronto in the United States.
“It is imperative that public policies tackle economic downturns to ensure job security for young adults, which could eventually attack their mental health,” Ganson added.
Among a sample of nearly 5,000 young people, the researchers found that since March 2020, young adults who lost their jobs or were part of a household that experienced a job loss were more likely than those with stable jobs. four common symptoms of anxiety and depression.
This was also the case for young adults who expected a job loss in the next four weeks.
“Young adults are particularly affected by job loss as they are just starting out in their careers,” said lead author Jason M Nagata of the University of California in the United States.
“Internships were canceled and job offers were canceled during the pandemic,” Nagata added.
The study also found that symptoms of anxiety and depression were common among the sample of young adults.
“Young adults with depression or anxiety should see a professional early on. During the pandemic, there are more options to virtually access telehealth and other mental health resources,” the authors wrote. of the study.