Economic strain and parental coping – evidence from Finland

A1 Journal article (refereed)

Internal Authors/Editors

Publication Details

List of Authors: Marja Lindberg, Mikael Nygård, Fredrica Nyqvist, Johanna Lammi-Taskula
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication year: 2019
Journal: European Journal of Social Work
eISSN: 1468-2664


The international financial crisis 2008–2009 led to a period of economic
recession in Europe, and in Finland this lasted until around 2016–2017.
The recession had a number of negative outcomes, such as higher
unemployment, higher poverty rates, and an overall higher economic
strain for households with children. The aim of this article is to
analyse the association between economic strain and parental coping in a
Finnish context, but also to assess the relevance of other social and
health-related factors in explaining parental coping experiences. We
used cross-sectional survey data on parents collected in 2012 by the
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in Finland. The findings
show economic strain to have an undermining influence on parental
coping, but they also point at the significance of sufficient support
and work/family reconciliation for parents coping. The results have
implications both for social work practices and for policy, both in
terms of tailoring adequate social support and services for parents as
well as enhancing work/family reconciliation.

Last updated on 2020-03-04 at 07:13