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.

Richard Price, PhD      Richard Price, PhD, Arthur Goldsmith, PhD Denny Abbott, Teresa Riddick, and Krysta Jones

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.


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