Relationships and the recession: a report (2009)
22 March 2012
Since the first financial quarter of 2008 the UK has experienced a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative financial growth. In other words, a period of six months in which the economy shrinks.
In the current context the impact of recession looks particularly difficult for families in the UK. Unemployment, and with it economic instability, has risen. Individuals are more likely to experience redundancy and reduced income. In this current recession period this poses an added problem, beyond the financial, as male dominated industries are reporting more redundancies, and fewer men than women are finding new employment. Research presented here highlights that male unemployment is particularly damaging for relationships, compared to female unemployment.