Annalisa Theodorou, Cristiano Violani, Guido Alessandri

Living without a job: Positivity and psychophysical health in a sample of unemployed workers

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Keywords: Positivity; Perceived Economic Stress; Health Behaviors; Unemployment; Physical Health; Psychological Health.

This study examines the role of positivity in supporting mental and physical health in unemployed workers, reducing the effects of perceived economic stress and promoting health behaviors. Method. Cross-sectional data from 101 unemployed subjects (51.5% female) aged 35 to 45 regarding positivity, mental and physical health, perceived economic stress and health behaviors were collected, and were analyzed through a Structural Equation Model. Results. Positivity was positively associated with mental health in consequence of a reduction of the perceived economic stress and the adoption of health behaviors. Positivity was positively related with physical health as a result of adherence to health behaviors. Conclusions. Implications and limits are discussed.

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