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Economic Crisis, Young Adults and Health in Spain

Health and Illness in the Neoliberal Era in Europe

ISBN: 978-1-83909-120-9, eISBN: 978-1-83909-119-3

Publication date: 26 November 2020


Despite the increasing evidence on the effects of the economic crisis and austerity policies on the health of the population, we lack knowledge of how the young population is being affected. High unemployment rates, labour instability, high housing costs and cuts in public policies have placed the young in a vulnerable situation. We explore changes (2006–2017) in the both physical and mental health of young people in Spain using a selection of health indicators. By doing so we draw the reader’s attention to three elements with a close relationship to neoliberalism: the prominence of social determinants of health, the importance of inequalities and the accumulation of multiple sources of disadvantage in certain groups and individuals which ultimately condition the course of their lives; and the use of medicalization as a common and legitimised response to poor mental health.




The authors would like to express their gratitude to the Centro Reina Sofía sobre Adolescencia y Juventud for their financial support for the project ‘Millenials’ ante la adversidad: efectos de la crisis sobre la salud, los hábitos y la percepción de riesgos (IV Convocatoria de Ayudas a la Investigación 2017).


Marí-Klose, M., Julià, A. and Gallo, P. (2020), "Economic Crisis, Young Adults and Health in Spain", Gabe, J., Cardano, M. and Genova, A. (Ed.) Health and Illness in the Neoliberal Era in Europe, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 47-71.



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