The burden of unemployment will affect children in that the unemployed parent is likely to very their frustration on their children; this is manifested in increased propensity for abusive and arbitrary punishment. Unemployment has a myriad of consequences that affect the unemployed and the nation at large, this range from economic, social and even psychological problems. This paper will focus on some of the psychological and social effects and negative consequences of unemployment in modern day.
Unemployment is one of the most severe economic problems that have faced America in the last few decades; this was especially during the recession where over 6.7 million jobs were lost. Savings dwindled and many investments went under, today over 15 million Americans are without formal employment (Basset) ; this is a sobering figure considering that almost half of them were employed but lost their jobs at some point. Lack of employment can lead to the decline of individuals of families ultimately translating even to the development of children that may result in negative outcomes. Studies carried out among the unemployment showed that majority of them experience problems such as lack of sleep depression as well as poor feeding and stress. This in turn makes them venerable to a plethora of psychological, psychosomatic and even physical illness .In addition; the affected individuals are more likely to engage in self-destructive and anti-social behavior such as drug use or involvement in abusive prelateships