Adaptation to unemployment: Effects of a mine closure on husbands and wives

Carl A. Ridley, Mari S. Wilhelm

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The purpose of this study was to increase understanding of how individuals/couples respond to the unemployment of the primary breadwinner. Data were collected from 66 individuals (33 couples) shortly after becoming unemployed and again one year later. Results determined that the significant predictor variables of economic satisfaction, marital adjustment, and depression were primarily economic, marital, and emotional variables, respectively. Findings also showed that interaction existed among economic, marital, and emotional variables in predicting the three well-being outcomes. Additionally, differences were found in the pattern of results for husbands and for wives. Based on these findings, areas and hypotheses for future study are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-160
Number of pages16
JournalLifestyles Family and Economic Issues
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1988


  • Depression
  • Economic Satisfaction
  • Marital Adjustment
  • Unemployment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Social Sciences


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