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Furloughs, Teleworking and Other Work Situations during the COVID-19 Lockdown: Impact on Mental Well-Being

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Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, 33007 Oviedo, Spain
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Department of Economics, University of Oviedo, 33007 Oviedo, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 2898; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062898
Received: 12 February 2021 / Revised: 3 March 2021 / Accepted: 8 March 2021 / Published: 12 March 2021
As a consequence of the Spring 2020 lockdown that occurred in Spain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people lost their jobs or had to be furloughed. The objective of this study is to analyse the influence of the latter changes in labour market status on psychological well-being. For this purpose, an ad-hoc questionnaire featuring socio-demographic and mental health criteria was created. Granted that the pandemic can be viewed as an exogenous shock, the bias caused by the bidirectional problems between the work situation and mental well-being can be tackled. Results indicate that the lockdown exerted a greater negative effect on the self-perceived well-being of unemployed and furloughed persons than on those in employment. Moreover, among those in continuous employment, teleworkers experienced a lesser degree of self-perceived well-being post lockdown as compared to those people remaining in the same work location throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Finally, the lockdown provoked worse effects on the self-perceived well-being of women as compared to men, a result that appears to be related to gender differences in household production. In conclusion, these results could be especially relevant given that the evolution of the pandemic is having ongoing effects on employment and, therefore, on the mental health of workers. View Full-Text
Keywords: precarious employment; health outcomes; work-family issues precarious employment; health outcomes; work-family issues
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Escudero-Castillo, I.; Mato-Díaz, F.J.; Rodriguez-Alvarez, A. Furloughs, Teleworking and Other Work Situations during the COVID-19 Lockdown: Impact on Mental Well-Being. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2898. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062898

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Escudero-Castillo I, Mato-Díaz FJ, Rodriguez-Alvarez A. Furloughs, Teleworking and Other Work Situations during the COVID-19 Lockdown: Impact on Mental Well-Being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):2898. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062898

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Escudero-Castillo, Israel, Fco. Javier Mato-Díaz, and Ana Rodriguez-Alvarez. 2021. "Furloughs, Teleworking and Other Work Situations during the COVID-19 Lockdown: Impact on Mental Well-Being" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 6: 2898. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062898

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