The Psychological Benefits of Work and Impact of Unemployment
On October 19, PI-GRO hosted a congressional briefing, entitled, “The Power of Work: A Discussion on the Psychological Benefits of Work and the Impact of Joblessness on Individuals, Families and Communities.” This standing-room-only event featured an interdisciplinary panel which included:
- APA member Richard Price, PhD, Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan;
- Economist Arthur Goldsmith, PhD, Washington and Lee University;
- Denny Abbott, Workforce Alliance, Belle Glade, FL; and
- Teresa Riddick of Jubilee Jobs, Washington, DC.
Their remarks addressed the positive effects of job satisfaction on other areas of life, including family, intimate relationships, and subjective well-being, as well as the negative effects of unemployment on individuals, families, and communities.
The briefing was hosted in coordination with the office of Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL), with which PI-GRO has worked closely over the last year in support of the pending reintroduction of the National Commission on Employment and Economic Security Act. This legislation would establish a commission to study the psychological effects of economic insecurity.
The Jobs Program for the Unemployed (Michigan Prevention Research Center)