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15/01/2010 - Submitted by: Argyro Kazaki

Over the past two decades, there has been a major shift in the European debate regarding social progress and how it is measured. The concept of social exclusion has increasingly replaced the concept of poverty within the EU policy discussion on social vulnerability and disadvantage. Unfavourable labour market access and living conditions affect both social participation and social contact, which in turn impact on the quality of life of Europe’s citizens and influence their perception of social exclusion. This report looks at the relationships between living conditions, social exclusion and mental well-being. It draws on the results of the EQLS to examine the factors that influence perceived social exclusion and the impact that this has on mental well-being. Such factors include labour market access, income and lifestyle standards, and availability of social support. The following areas are covered in this report; Brief history and conceptual overview Perceived social exclusion and reported social contact Impact of social conditions on perceived social exclusion Social support, living conditions and perceived social exclusion Impact of living conditions and perceived social exclusion on mental well-being

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Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2010
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