Moreover, it seems that Icelandic women are being psychologically affected more by the recession than men.”
McClure researched several aspects of public health in Iceland while working in his Master’s degree at Yale University. He says the above findings are important as they are thoroughly empirical and accurate, as well as peer-reviewed. “Thus, the studies systematically show that Icelanders suffer from the collapse and should therefore be taken into higher consideration than non-empirical studies which the media typically focuses on, i.e. studies that show that happiness has improved. Incorrect media portrayal does more harm than good.”
“We’re all affected by income and employment status,” McClure says. “When you add a disastrous economic crisis such as the one experienced in Iceland and elsewhere – it becomes even more imperative to ascertain if, how and why the population’s health suffers.”
McClure took up a post at Oregon State University teaching undergraduate courses in Public health as a means of receiving funding for continuing his research. “The collapse has shown that more responsiveness to the collapse is needed in terms of public health. Additionally, the Icelandic government needs to be more responsive to the poor health outcomes that are affecting the population – like a rise in psychological stress/depression, smoking, public smoking, the lack of affordable dental care for adults, etc.
Supervisor: Arna Hauksdottir, PhD. Assistant professor, Centre of Public Health Sciences
Source: University of Iceland