Young people and well-being: analysing social and working factors behind the mental health crisis

The research focuses on the state of mental health and emotional well-being of the young population in Catalonia. There is an increasingly shared conviction that in today’s society, promoting the mental health of young people is an unavoidable priority. The impact of the global pandemic of COVID-19 has further exposed pre-existing inequalities and accentuated the need for emotional care and support, especially in the young population. In this context, with all its complexity and challenges, the report offers a comprehensive view of the intersections between social inequalities, emotional well-being and mental health among Catalan youth.

The research exposes the fundamental reasons why young people find themselves in a particularly vulnerable emotional and psychological position. This situation is analysed from the perspective of the interaction of different factors that shape the youth environment, and it shows how the current socio-political context has exacerbated this fragility. It does so, moreover, taking into consideration not only the clinical and epidemiological aspects of emotional well-being, but also other variables such as environmental, social and cultural ones, which shape the emotional and psychological experience of young people.

Start date: 01/09/2023
Finish date: 31/12/2023
Funding: Generalitat de Catalunya, Agència Catalana de la Joventut
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Principal investigator: Mireia Bolíbar

 

Publications:

Bolíbar, Mireia & Padrosa, Eva (2024). Salut mental, joventut i desigualtats. Una mirada integral al benestar emocional de la població jove de Catalunya. Col·lecció Aportacions, núm. 67. Generalitat de Catalunya. https://dretssocials.gencat.cat/web/.content/JOVENTUT_documents/arxiu/publicacions/col_aportacions/SALUT_MENTAL_JOVENTUT_DESIGUALTATS.pdf

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