SHARE Findings Newsletter No. 1 - June 2020
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SHARE Findings Newsletter

This newsletter informs about selected new research findings based on data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).

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Religiousness and Mental Health

Religious practices help preventing depressive symptoms

Past research has already suggested favourable health outcomes for religious individuals. A new study presented by Danish researchers now finds that especially the attendance of religous services seems to protect against depression. This may be explained by the community, social support, and the structures for coping with stress which they provide.  >> Read more

Divorce and Individual Well-being

Recent divorcees report higher well-being than couples in process of a divorce

It is no surprise that the life-event of a divorce negatively impacts well-being. Using SHARE data, scholars were now able to scientifically illustrate the complex association between the year of divorce, variations in happiness, individual stress level, financial hardship as well as differing cultural attitudes towards family dissolution across Europe.
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Who Will Care for Our Parents?

Siblings’ characteristics influence the extent of individual children's care-giving

So far, there is only little knowledge about the role of sibling characteristics in the decision-making process on fulfilling care tasks within multiple-child families in Europe. According to the Belgian researchers Vergauwen and Mortelmans, gender, parent-child contact frequency, and care-caused expenses are key factors in the siblings' decision.
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How Becoming a Grandparent Impacts Well-being

Evidence for a positive effect on well-being only for first time maternal grandmothers

Given the assumption that individuals benefit from becoming a grandparent, so far only little is known about how this transition actually affects well-being. A European  research team has recently compared well-being of grandparents and eventually found evidence for a limited positive effect of becoming a grandparent, which is strongly associated with emotional closeness with their own children.  
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The Scarring Effect of Unemployment

Episodes of unemployment have long-term negative effects on mental well-being

Researchers Mousteri et al. have identified a “scarring” effect of involuntary joblessness: Their study finds that each six-month spell of past unemployment predicts reduced quality of life after the age of 50 even for individuals who have since found a new job. Thus, economic adversities and unemployment may profoundly impact individual well-being not only in the short run, but also from a long-term perspective once unemployment experiences accumulate.   >> Read more
About SHARE:
SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of around 140,000 individuals (approximately 380,000 interviews) from 28 European countries and Israel aged 50 or older. The data are available to the entire research community free of charge.
SHARE responds to a Communication by the European Commission calling to "examine the possibility of establishing, in co-operation with Member States, a European Longitudinal Ageing Survey". SHARE has become a major pillar of the European Research Area, selected as one of the projects to be implemented in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2006 and given a new legal status as the first ever European Research Infrastructure Consortium (SHARE-ERIC) in March 2011. SHARE is centrally coordinated by Prof. Axel Börsch-Supan, Ph.D. at the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy.
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