How adults and children perceive the impact of social policies connected to unemployment on well-being in the household: a concept mapping approach
Social policies help people to overcome various unfavourable living situations, such as unemployment, which may lead to health inequalities. The aim of this study is to examine how adults and children perceive the impact of social policies connected to unemployment on well-being in the household, and whether their views differ.
We obtained data from 123 stakeholders in Slovakia, 96 adults and 27 children aged 11–15 years. We used concept mapping, based on qualitative data collection and quantitative data analysis.
We obtained four clusters related to: children and education; current workforce; disadvantaged groups; labour office support. Adults rated the current workforce as the most important and urgent, and children the disadvantaged groups. Contrasts were largest on the disadvantaged groups and on combining family life and working abroad which children rated as very important and urgent but adults less so.
Stakeholders had many perceptions, which may help to improve social policies. Adults were more concerned about work, and children were more so about inequalities. In general, adults were more practical and individualistic, and children, more emphatic and idealistic.
KeywordsUnemployment Social policies Health inequalities Concept mapping
This work was funding from the 7FP SOPHIE Project (Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change) under the grant agreement No. 278173. This work was also supported by the Slovak Research and Development Agency under contract no. APVV-15-0012. It was also supported by the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Academy of Sciences, under Contract No. VEGA 1/0981/15.
The funders had no role in the study design, data collection or analysis, or in the decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript.
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Conflict of interest
All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Ethics approval and consent to participate
The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine at Safarik University in Kosice under no. 104/2011 and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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