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See detailStudents’ Well-being: Impacts of studying out-EU and perceived autonomy on the Psychological Quality of Life
Bucki, Barbara UL; Karavdic, Senad UL; Karathanasi, Chrysoula UL et al

in European Health Psychologist (The) (2015), special

Introduction: With an increasing number of university students in preparation of their entrance in the labor market, the wellbeing of the postgraduates became a priority for many universities. Despite ... [more ▼]

Introduction: With an increasing number of university students in preparation of their entrance in the labor market, the wellbeing of the postgraduates became a priority for many universities. Despite numerous studies on this topic, respective relationships of wellbeing and other psychosocial factors still remain unclear. Aims: (1) to assess Psychological Quality of Life of postgraduates who study in Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (GDL), EU and non – EU countries; (2) to analyze its associations with their socio-economic,health and employability related cofactors. Method: All masters’ students registered at the Centre for Documentation and Information on Higher Education (CEDIES) database in GDL were contacted by mail to participate at an online questionnaire (in English or French) measuring: 1. Psychological Whoqol-bref (6 items) (dependent variable) 2. Wellbeing attributes: Quality of Life Autonomy, Health Satisfaction, and Penn state worry questionnaire (Worries). 3. Employability attributes: Search for Work Self Efficacy scale (SWSES), Career Goals setting. 4. Perceived financial situation and socio-demographic characteristics. Respondents who did not mention the country of their studies were excluded from the analysis. Bivariate tests and correlations were performed for association analyses between the variables. Only significant relationships (p<0.05) were used in the multiple linear model. Results: 490 participants were volunteers from which 13.5% study in Luxembourg, 77.8% in an EU country and 8.7% in a non EU country. Majority were women, with exception for those studying in non-EU countries who were mainly men. Participants studying in GDL were older than those studying abroad. Natives of Luxembourg were prevalent with higher percentages among those who study in a non EU-country. Those studying in non-EU showed significantly (p<0.05) higher Psychological Quality of Life (M=76.8; SD=12.8) than those in GDL (M=74.5;SD=12.6) respectively in EU (M=71.4; SD=15.3). While participants differ in their QoL-Autonomy score there isn’t any significant difference in their career goals setting, Search for work self efficacy, Health satisfaction, Worries and Perceived financial situation across the country of study.Conclusion: Better psychological quality of life mobilized the capability of students to study abroad, which is related to better wellbeing attributes. However this relationship remains true only for students studying in Non-EU countries. Implementing workshops to increase individual self-efficacy towards a future employment may improve and/or maintain wellbeing of academics and limit so, respective social inequalities. [less ▲]

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See detailWeight loss associated with socioeconomic status in patients with angina pectoris, 5 years after an angiography
Tchicaya, Anastase; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Cardiology (2015), (132 (suppl 1)), 60

The aim of the study is to assess the association between weight loss and socioeconomic status (SES) in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) such as angina pectoris. Method:In 2013-2014, 1,873 ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study is to assess the association between weight loss and socioeconomic status (SES) in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) such as angina pectoris. Method:In 2013-2014, 1,873 patients out of 4,391 that had undergone an angiography in 2008 -2009 participated in a follow-up study. Among these patients, 457 suffered from angina pectoris and were obese or overweight at baseline. A self-administered questionnaire was completed. Moderate weight loss was defined as the loss of 5%-10%, severe weigh loss as more than 10 % of baseline weight. Household-income was used as proxy for SES. Logistic regression was applied to assess the association between weight loss and SES. Results:During the reference period, 28% of the participants lost weight. A moderate weight loss was higher in patients with a household income between 3000€ and 4500€ per month (OR: 2.3; CI 95%: 1.0-5.2) and higher than 4500€ per month (OR: 3.0; CI 95%: 1.3-7.2) compared to the lowest income group (less than 3000€ per month). A severe weight loss was not associated with income. However, a severe weight loss was higher for retired patients (OR: 4.3; CI 95%: 1.1-17.0) compared to non-retired.Conclusion: The potential reduction of health inequality by an elimination of social inequalities in weight loss among patients with angina pectoris might be substantial. Moderate weight loss in overweight patients with angina pectoris at baseline could be associated with household income. Intervention strategies in secondary prevention should address these social inequalities in order to support equity in health. [less ▲]

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See detailWhy medication or tobacco consumption enhance the life satisfaction of cardiovascular patients?
Bucki, Barbara UL; Tchicaya, Anastase; Baumann, Michèle UL

in European Health Psychologist (The) (2015), special

While life satisfaction (LS) promotes the health of cardiovascular patients, LS may be affected by a range of primary and secondary determinants. We analysed LS and its relationships with cardiovascular ... [more ▼]

While life satisfaction (LS) promotes the health of cardiovascular patients, LS may be affected by a range of primary and secondary determinants. We analysed LS and its relationships with cardiovascular risk factors and unhealthy behaviours. Methods. In 2013, 3,632 survivors who underwent coronary angiography in 2008-2009 at the Luxembourgish National Institute of Cardiac Surgery and Cardiological Intervention (INCCI), living at home were asked to estimate, five years after, their LS [1-10] and other health-related variables. Data were analysed via multiple regression models including interaction effects. Findings. LS of the 1,289 participants (age: 69.2±11.1) was 7.3/10. Most were men, employees or manual workers, had secondary education and a 36,000€ or more/year income. The interactions between hypercholesterolemia and hypertension (regression coefficient= 0.628) and with smoking (rc= 0.941) were positively related with LS, but physical inactivity was negatively associated (rc= -0.630). Discussion. Taking medications or maintaining tobacco consumption produces better LS than being ambivalent towards physical activity. Further research is needed to evaluate the efficacy of health interventions eliciting and promoting the behaviour change wheel based on capabilities, opportunities, and motivations. [less ▲]

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See detailLes aidants familiaux : Investir dans des programmes de promotion de leur« capabilité de santé »
Bucki, Barbara; Baumann, Michèle UL

Book published by L'Harmattan - Academia (2015)

Face aux changements démographiques (allongement de l’espérance de vie) et à la baisse de la croissance économique (augmentation des inégalités sociales), les répercussions du prendre soin à domicile sont ... [more ▼]

Face aux changements démographiques (allongement de l’espérance de vie) et à la baisse de la croissance économique (augmentation des inégalités sociales), les répercussions du prendre soin à domicile sont lourdes de conséquences sur la qualité de vie. Les aidants familiaux de personnes atteintes de maladie chronique présentent des risques pour leur santé physique et psychologique. Avec le temps, quelles sont les connaissances et les aptitudes requises pour être en mesure d’accompagner un proche tout en maintenant sa « capabilité de santé », c’est-à-dire en se préservant ou en adoptant un style de vie sain ? À partir de recherches menées au Luxembourg auprès d’aidants de victimes d’un accident vasculaire cérébral, huit domaines ont été identifi és: santé physique, santé psychologique, valeur accordée au mode de vie, sentiment d’auto-efficacité, soutien familial, capital social, conditions matérielles/sentiment de sécurité, satisfaction à l’égard des informations et des services de soins. Des entretiens menés en Lorraine (France) ont permis d’approfondir le contenu de ces domaines. Cet ouvrage fournit un guide utile à l’élaboration de supports innovants ainsi qu’un instrument pertinent pour l’évaluation d’actions de promotion de la capabilité de santé des aidants familiaux. [less ▲]

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See detailDes souffrances multiples à la souffrance paroxystique.
Karavdic, Senad UL; Bucki, Barbara UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Pensée plurielle (2015), 2015/1(N°38), 9-22

The purpose of our study is to contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms playing a role in the deconstruction of mental suffering. With the support of the Luxembourgish RE.SO.NORD (REseau du ... [more ▼]

The purpose of our study is to contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms playing a role in the deconstruction of mental suffering. With the support of the Luxembourgish RE.SO.NORD (REseau du centre SOcial de la région du NORD), a diagnosis of the sufferings of people living in rural districts was completed with the first-line health and social professionals who work with their clients on a daily basis. Twenty-six professionals participated in interviews during which they described the sufferings of their clients. They appeared as the effects of a drift and show how the amplification process of psychic sufferings (permanent anxiety, depression, etc.) and the accumulation of social and family factors (job loss, family separation, etc.) can lead to the emergence of critical mental health conditions. In this logic of paroxystic gradation, mental health problems may aggregate a set of harmful behaviors. This gradation illustrates the state achieved by the clients when their intimate and social domains of life are impeded. The paroxystic suffering represents the state during which the individual seems to fail to cope with their sufferings and is no longer able to recover. The professionals recognize a lack of information and incentive during medical consultation in which their clients dread the fear of being stigmatized. They admit the existence of poor coordination and access to primary health care and a lack of support for those who suffer and their family caregivers in order to prepare them to become actors that can mobilize their "health capability". [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic career attitudes among master students: Social disparities in employment capabilities.
Karavdic, Senad UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Pracana, Clara (Ed.) Social Psychology (2015)

The preparation of students’ future career trajectories is a dynamic process in relation with social and educational determinants, but their interactions must be further investigated. Our objective is to ... [more ▼]

The preparation of students’ future career trajectories is a dynamic process in relation with social and educational determinants, but their interactions must be further investigated. Our objective is to analyze the associations between generic employment capabilities, career attitudes and other related factors among postgraduate students. Method: All master's students recorded in the Centre for Documentation and Information on Higher Education from Luxembourg database were contacted by letter to participate in an online questionnaire. The online questionnaire (French and English) with five scales was scored: 1) Dynamic Career Attitudes (DCA- 13 items); 2) Employability Soft-Skills (ESS-14); 3) Search for Work Self-Efficacy (SWSES - 12 items); 4) Quality of Life domain Autonomy (QLA- 4 items); and 5) Socio-demographical characteristics. The data were analyzed using bivariate tests, correlations and multiple linear regression models. Results: Of the 481 volunteers (26.4 years; SD=5.5) a majority were women, Luxembourgish, unemployed, and had less than or equal to six months of job experiences. Higher the ESS, SWSES and QLA scores, higher was the DCA score. Nationality, being unemployed, having less than six months of job experiences and being in the first year of master were associated with lower Dynamic Career Attitudes score. Conclusion: Covering the whole period of the master’s degree, internship activities and proactive workshops may be developed to improve generic employment capabilities and quality of autonomy. The Dynamic Career Attitudes scale appears an appropriate instrument to evaluate the efficacy of the university career services programme. [less ▲]

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See detailNew domains of health capability of family caregivers: An exploratory study using the grounded theory.
Bucki, Barbara; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Pascara, Clara (Ed.) Clinical Psychology (2015)

Increased life expectancy, a declining economic growth, and the management of chronic diseases call for inter-generational solidarity but undermine the physical and psychological health of family ... [more ▼]

Increased life expectancy, a declining economic growth, and the management of chronic diseases call for inter-generational solidarity but undermine the physical and psychological health of family caregivers. Their health capability has already been studied through eight domains: physical and psychological functioning, lifestyle value, self-efficacy towards health services, family support, social capital, socioeconomic conditions and access to health services. Our aim was to identify new domains. Methods: A grounded theory method was applied. Family caregivers of stroke victims living at home were recruited in the Lorraine region (France; n=8) and Luxembourg (n=6). Semi-structured interviews were led face-to-face about their health status, how they currently take care of their health, and what internal resources they need to achieve optimal health. Verbatim were open-coded and grouped to form new domains of health capability. Items reflecting the main idea of the categories were formulated. Throughout the analyses, a control process was applied. Items were validated by consensus with an expert group. Results: Seven women and seven men (age 63.6±10.1) participated. Seven new domains emerged: health knowledge, health self-efficacy, health value, life skills, health decision-making, motivation, and attitude towards the future. 76 items were generated: 51 reflected generic abilities while 26 were specific to family caregiving. Discussion: Content analysis of these domains is highly instructive. First, it allows guiding the preparation of innovative supports to promote health capability, and second, this list can serve as a basis to elaborate a guide to which clinicians can refer to orient family caregivers according to their needs. [less ▲]

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See detailLife Satisfaction of Non-Luxembourgish and Native Luxembourgish Postgraduate Students
Karathanasi, Chrysoula UL; Senad, Karavdic; Odero, Angela UL et al

in International Journal of Social Welfare (2015), 9(11), 3852-3857

It is not only the economic determinants that impact on life conditions, but maintaining a good level of life satisfaction (LS) may also be an important challenge currently. In Luxembourg, university ... [more ▼]

It is not only the economic determinants that impact on life conditions, but maintaining a good level of life satisfaction (LS) may also be an important challenge currently. In Luxembourg, university students receive financial aid from the government. They are then registered at the Centre for Documentation and Information on Higher Education (CEDIES). Luxembourg is built on migration with almost half its population consisting of foreigners. It is upon this basis that our research aims to analyze the associations with mental health factors (health satisfaction, psychological quality of life, worry), perceived financial situation, career attitudes (adaptability, optimism, knowledge, planning) and LS, for non-Luxembourgish and native postgraduate students. Between 2012 and 2013, postgraduates registered at CEDIES were contacted by post and asked to participate in an online survey with either the option of English or French. The study population comprised of 644 respondents. Our statistical analysis excluded: those born abroad who had Luxembourgish citizenship, or those born in Luxembourg who did not have citizenship. Two groups were formed one consisting 147 non-Luxembourgish and the other 284 natives. A single item measured LS (1=not at all satisfied to 10=very satisfied). Bivariate tests, correlations and multiple linear regression models were used in which only significant relationships (p<0.05) were integrated. Among the two groups no differences were found between LS indicators (7.8/10 non-Luxembourgish; 8.0/10 natives) as both were higher than the European indicator of 7.2/10 (for 25-34 years). In the case of non-Luxembourgish students, they were older than natives (29.3 years vs. 26.3 years) perceived their financial situation as more difficult, and a higher percentage of their parents had an education level higher than a Bachelor's degree (father 59.2% vs 44.6% for natives; mother 51.4% vs 33.7% for natives). In addition, the father’s education was related to the LS of postgraduates and the higher was the score, the greater was the contribution to LS. Whereas for native students, when their scores of health satisfaction and career optimism were higher, their LS’ score was higher. For both groups their LS was linked to mental health-related factors, perception of their financial situation, career optimism, adaptability and planning. The higher the psychological quality of life score was, the greater the LS of postgraduates’ was. Good health and positive attitudes related to the job market enhanced their LS indicator. [less ▲]

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See detailThe integration process of Non-EU citizens in Luxembourg From an empirical approach towards a theoretical model
Odero, Angela UL; Karathanasi, Chrysoula UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in International Journal of Social Welfare (2015), 9(11), 3868-3875

Integration of foreign communities has been a forefront issue in Luxembourg for some time now. The country’s continued progress depends largely on the successful integration of immigrants. The aim of our ... [more ▼]

Integration of foreign communities has been a forefront issue in Luxembourg for some time now. The country’s continued progress depends largely on the successful integration of immigrants. The aim of our study was to analyze factors which intervene in the course of integration of Non-EU citizens through the discourse of Non-EU citizens residing in Luxembourg, who have signed the Welcome and Integration Contract (CAI). The two year contract, offers integration services to assist foreigners in getting settled in the country. Semi-structured focus group discussions with 50 volunteers were held in English, French, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian or Chinese. Participants were asked to talk about their integration experiences. Recorded then transcribed, the transcriptions were analyzed with the help of NVivo 10, a qualitative analysis software. A systematic and reiterative analysis of decomposing and reconstituting was realized through (1). The identification of predetermined categories (difficulties, challenges and integration needs) (2). Initial coding – the grouping together of similar ideas (3). Axial coding – the regrouping of items from the initial coding in new ways in order to create sub-categories and identify other core dimensions. Our results show that intervening factors include language acquisition, professional career and socio-cultural activities or events. Each of these factors constitutes different components, whose weight shifts from person to person and from situation to situation. Connecting these three emergent factors are two elements essential to the success of the immigrant’s integration – the role of time and deliberate effort from the immigrants, the community and the formal institutions charged with helping immigrants integrate. We propose a theoretical model where the factors described may be classified in terms of how they predispose, facilitate and / or reinforce the process towards a successful integration. Measures currently in place propose one size fits all programs, yet integrative measures which target to the family unit and those customized to target groups based on their needs would work best. [less ▲]

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See detailNeeds the Integration Contract Services of Luxembourg Should Cover, for the Successful Integration of Non-EU Citizens
Odero, Angela UL; Karathanasi, Chrysoula UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Migration and Integration (2015)

Integration of the foreign communities has been a forefront issue in Luxembourg for some time now. With a population of approximately 563,000, Luxembourg is a kaleidoscopic of cultures, comprising over ... [more ▼]

Integration of the foreign communities has been a forefront issue in Luxembourg for some time now. With a population of approximately 563,000, Luxembourg is a kaleidoscopic of cultures, comprising over 170 nationalities. The country’s continued progress depends largely on the successful assimilation of immigrants. To better understand what constitutes the best integration, the European Investment Fund for Non-EU nationals, together with the Welcome and Integration office of Luxembourg, funded this project. The aim of our study was to explore the definition of the integration according to Non-EU citizens residing in Luxembourg, and to evaluate the services of the integration contract of Luxembourg (CAI) which should cover their needs. Eleven focus group discussions with 50 volunteers (32 women, 18 men) recruited from among 233 Non-EU beneficiaries of the CAI were held. Semi-structured discussions (4 to 8 people) were facilitated in English, French, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian or Chinese and lasted between 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Encouraged, they delved into detailed explanations of the difficulties and challenges they face, their expectations upon arrival; considering the multicultural nature of Luxembourg, the differences between these expectations and the reality, their needs, both met and unmet, and their perceptions. To grasp the requirements covered or not covered by the CAI, and the problems faced by Non-EU citizens, eight questions exploring the contract were posed. To direct these discussions were four main guidelines: (1) The quality of services and activities proposed, (2) the organization (3) the availability of the personnel and (4) the utility of the information received. Transcriptions were analysed with the help of NVivo 10. A systematic and reiterative analysis of decomposing and reconstituting the data was conducted following three main steps. (1). Identification in the transcriptions were read in order to identify potential answers to the aims of the research and main categories (difficulties, challenges and integration needs). These informed subsequent analyses (2). Similar verbatim regrouped in category and an item was formular. (3). Categories were regrouped together in dimension. Three dimensions were identified professional career, linguistic acquisitionand socio-cultural activities or events which are two core elements essential to the success of the immigrant’s integration – recognition of the role of time in the process, and deliberate effort on the part of the immigrants, the society around and the formal institutions charged with the responsibility of helping with integration. Further, there was a majority consensus on good quality of services in at least one of the components of CAI, and on the availability of the personnel. The organisation and content utility was suitable for some, but maladapted to the needs of others, since they did not address their current concerns. The one fits all structure of the CAI, would need revision through considering smaller groups with specific needs separately. [less ▲]

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See detailPatients with cardiovascular risk factors were more likely to have lower life satisfaction.
Baumann, Michèle UL; Tchicaya, Anastase

in Circulation (2015), 132

Five years after coronary angiography, life satisfaction (LS) among patients may be related to incidents of cardiovascular diseases, risk factors and unhealthy behaviours and socioeconomic conditions but ... [more ▼]

Five years after coronary angiography, life satisfaction (LS) among patients may be related to incidents of cardiovascular diseases, risk factors and unhealthy behaviours and socioeconomic conditions but their respective influence remains unclear. Our aim is to analyze LS and its relationships with those factors. Methods. Among the 4,391 patients initially contacted, 547 deaths were reported and 209 had an invalid address. 3,635 patients who underwent coronary angiography in 2008-2009 at the National Institute of Cardiac Surgery and Cardiological Intervention (INCCI) in Luxembourg completed a self-questionnaire assessing LS [1-10] and other covariates. Data were analysed via multiple regression models adjusted initially on age, sex and income, and for a second time with the addition of all CVRF. Results. LS of 1,289 volunteers (69.2 years) was 7.3/10. Most were men, Luxembourgish, employees and manual workers, had secondary education and an income of 36,000 euros or more per year. LS was lowest in female patients, those with a low to middle income. Patients who live in couple had the best LS. Patients with a history in the previous 5 years of physical inactivity (regression coefficient: – 0.903), angina pectoris (rc -0.843), obesity (rc -0.512), diabetes, or hypercholesterolemia, were more likely to have lower LS. The previous associations were mostly maintained on the second analysis, with the exceptions of diabetes and obesity. In addition, patients who stopped smoking because of peer pressure (rc -0.011) had a lower LS. Conclusions. Profiles of patients are linked with least LS: ‘inclined abstainers’ who intended to modify their behaviours, but could not do it, and ‘disinclined abstainers’ who had no intention of changing and were insufficiently concerned to do so. Patients who stopped smoking and perceived it as unpleasant also had the lowest LS. ‘Declined actors’ were those patients who had to adjust their lifestyles, but were ambivalent about their intentions and the behaviour, which they continued. Health promotion programs would benefit from targeting factors that moderate the unfavourable intention-behaviour relationship and can help enhance LS. [less ▲]

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See detailWorries and career employment attitudes: the role of social inequalities of master’s degree students.
Karavdic, Senad UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Promotion of Mental Health (2015)

University students' mental health is affected by worries about the employment of their future. Our purpose is to analyze the relationships between traits of worry and career attitudes, happiness and ... [more ▼]

University students' mental health is affected by worries about the employment of their future. Our purpose is to analyze the relationships between traits of worry and career attitudes, happiness and autonomy in their quality of life among postgraduates. Method: Independent of their socioeconomic status, all students obtained financial aid from the government of Luxembourg. A link to an online questionnaire was sent to their home address. The instrument assessed: Penn-State-Worry scale, Career dimensions (adaptability, optimism, knowledge and planning), Happiness and Quality of Life Autonomy scores, and sociodemographic characteristics. Bivariate-tests, correlations and multiple linear regression models were used for analysis. Results: A majority of the 481 volunteers (26.4 years; SD=5.5) were women and unemployed. Sociodemographical factors such as European or non-EU nationality (vs. Luxembourgish), possession of an internship employment contract (vs. fixed-term and permanent contract) and being a part of social and humanity sciences domain were related with high worries. Lower adaptability (β= -2.271; p< 0.001) and optimism career attitudes (β= -2.162; p= 0.002), low happiness (β= -1.518; p= 0.039) and autonomy in their quality of life (β= -0.669; p= 0.004), respectively, were affected by higher worry score. Conclusion: Worry indicator could be observed routinely to monitor students’ career adaptability and optimism. University career employment workshops may help to increase the individual capabilities to improve and/or to maintain their well-being. Nationality, employment contract status and chosen academic field had generated mental health inequalities that must be considered in consultations, counseling and implementation of prevention and promotion programs. [less ▲]

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See detailUndergraduate students’ life satisfaction, between employability and career capabilities
Karavdic, Senad UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Pracana, Clara (Ed.) Social Psychology (2015)

Assessment of life satisfaction (LS) is an important issue in the overall preparation of undergraduates towards an employment outcome. The aim of our study is to analyze the associations between LS and ... [more ▼]

Assessment of life satisfaction (LS) is an important issue in the overall preparation of undergraduates towards an employment outcome. The aim of our study is to analyze the associations between LS and socio-demographic factors, career attitudes, employability soft skills, academic work satisfaction and quality of life autonomy. Methods: Undergraduate students were invited to complete a paper pencil questionnaire exploring: Life satisfaction (LS), Dynamic Career Attitudes (DCA), Employability Soft-Skills (ESS-Short), academic Work Satisfaction (WS), Quality Life of Autonomy (QoLA) and socio-demographic characteristics (age, gender, educational field, year of study, work experience (less vs. more than 6 months and actual employment). Data were analyzed using correlation and multiple linear regression models. Results: 124 volunteers (22.6 years) had LS of 75.4/100. Majority were women, in the first year of Bachelor, and in applied management. Most of them had six months or less of job experiences and were unemployed. Higher the DCA, ESS-Short, QoLA and WS better was the students LS. Conclusions: LS is an indicator related with employability and career capabilities. Supporting students through wellness and career activities program in autonomy-supportive environment, to cope with their stressful period and to enhance their generic employment and career capabilities may allow to the undergraduates to maintain their LS. [less ▲]

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See detailEcological Inequalities and Social Inequalities in health
Baumann, Michèle UL

Presentation (2014, September)

Taking into account the growing number of people exposed to environmental risks in the EU member countries and the budgetary constraints weighing on their respective social protection systems, an overall ... [more ▼]

Taking into account the growing number of people exposed to environmental risks in the EU member countries and the budgetary constraints weighing on their respective social protection systems, an overall redesign of social policies is at stake. Against this background piecemeal measures are indeed not sufficient to cope with new challenges and paradigm shifts will be needed to deal with environmental problems and their consequences for affected populations. How can we take care of the people who are victims of these environmental risks? Who should finance this? Based on which principles (insurance-based or universal) and by which means? What kind of coverage could be provided by the social protection system (sickness insurance in particular) in different countries with equivalent institutions? How can we at the same time tackle the issue of ‘ecological inequalities’ taking into consideration that in complex environments presenting an accumulation of disadvantages (poor working and living conditions, smoking, alcoholism) it is not easy to isolate the effects of environmental damage as other variables have to be held constant. And how the responsibilities should be shared between stakeholders, social partners and the state when, for instance, people living close to the borders of different countries are affected by the same environmental-related problems? My presentation will therefore be organized as follows: first I will provide a brief overview of challenges (for instance assessing existing and potential damage to the health of affected populations) posed for social protection systems as far as environmental issues are concerned, then I will comment on some of the main key drivers of change I could identify in social policies related to the impact related to environmental problems and possible social policy responses will be explored. [less ▲]

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See detailBesoins des professionnels sociaux et de santé de proximité face aux problèmes de santé mentale des communes rurales du Nord
Baumann, Michèle UL

Presentation (2014, August)

Les indicateurs de santé mentale existants restent partiels en Europe, et le système de surveillance sanitaire du Luxembourg ne semble pas y avoir échappé. Cette carence d’informations fiables bien connue ... [more ▼]

Les indicateurs de santé mentale existants restent partiels en Europe, et le système de surveillance sanitaire du Luxembourg ne semble pas y avoir échappé. Cette carence d’informations fiables bien connue est liée en partie aux difficultés méthodologiques inhérentes aux recueils de ces données et à la complexité des classifications. Par ailleurs, aucune information sur les besoins locaux des professionnels de première ligne n’existe. Avec l’appui du RE.SO.NORD (REseau du centre SOcial de la région du NORD), une équipe de l’unité de recherche INSIDE a mis en oeuvre d’un projet innovant, intitulé « diagnostic des professionnels sur les besoins associés à la santé mentale ». Ce diagnostic a eu pour objectifs d’identifier les problèmes de souffrance psychique et sociale des clients des communes rurales, décrits par les professionnels sociaux et de santé de première ligne et de déterminer leurs besoins pour maintenir/améliorer la qualité de leur travail au quotidien et l’efficacité des prises en charge. Cette approche s’inscrit dans une compréhension des processus présents dans la construction et l’amplification des souffrances mentales (angoisses permanentes, dépressions, etc.) ainsi que l’accumulation de facteurs psychosociaux (exigences du monde du travail, ruptures familiales, etc.) qui contribuent à leur émergence. Vingt-huit professionnels (médecins, assistants sociaux, psychologues) travaillant auprès d’adultes de 18 à 65 ans ont été interrogés. L’analyse des transcriptions de leurs discours met en évidence la nécessiter d’insister sur :1) la mise en place de démarches globales, et sur le fait d’associer les aidants aux échanges sur la connaissance de la maladie et de ses symptômes (lieux de parole, etc.) ; 2) la nécessité de faciliter et d’encourager la consultation médicale ou psychologique ; 3) l’engagement et le développement d’une responsabilisation clients-aidants. Les professionnels proposent également que l’on augmente : 1) les possibilités de rencontres entre les médecins, assistants sociaux, psychologues (synthèses, analyses de cas, etc.) qui permettraient à la communication d’être plus efficiente ; 2) la mutualisation des informations entre les professionnels de proximité en créant une plate-forme d’échanges interactifs qui faciliteraient le suivi des parcours ; 3) les formations interdisciplinaires pour actualiser les connaissances (dépression, suicides, etc.), renforcer le respect réciproque clients-aidants-professionnels et la déstigmatisation. ____________________________________ Mental Health & Recovery Luxembourg 23 & 24 Octobre 2014 2 Needs of local social and health professionals addressing the mental health problems of rural communities in the North. The existing mental health indicators remain partially developed in Europe, and Luxembourg’s system of health surveillance does not seem to have escaped. This lack of reliable information is well known partly due to the methodological difficulties inherent to the collections of data and complexity of the classifications. Moreover, any information on the needs of local frontline professionals exists. With the support of RE.SO.NORD (REseau du centre SOcial de la région du NORD), a research unit INSIDE team has implemented an innovative project " diagnostic des professionnels sur les besoins associés à la santé mentale ». The aim of this diagnostic was to identify problems of psychic and social suffering of clients in rural towns, described by the social and health frontline professionals, and to define their needs to maintain / improve the quality of their daily work and effectiveness of their care. This approach is part of an understanding of the processes occurring in the construction and amplification of mental suffering (permanent anxiety, depression, etc.) and the accumulation of psychosocial factors (demands of the workforce, family separation, etc.) that contribute to their emergence. Twenty-eight professionals (doctors, social workers, psychologists) working with adults 18 to 65 years were interviewed. The analysis of transcripts highlighted the need to focus on: 1) the development of comprehensive approaches, associating caregivers to exchange knowledge of the disease and its symptoms (place of dialogue, etc.); 2) the need to facilitate and encourage medical or psychological counseling; 3) commitment and a growing accountability of clients -caregivers. The professionals also propose to increase: 1) the possibilities of meetings between the doctors, social workers and psychologists (syntheses, case studies, etc.) allowing communication to be more efficient; 2) the sharing of information between local professionals by creating a platform for interactive exchanges which would facilitate the follow-up of the trajectory ; 3) interdisciplinary training to update knowledge (on depression, suicide, etc.), enhancing mutual client-family caregivers-professional respect and destigmatization. ____________________________________ [less ▲]

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See detailDéconstruction du processus cumulatif et d’amplification des souffrances
Baumann, Michèle UL

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Le thème de la souffrance occupe une place prépondérante dans les approches socio-écologiques, et biopsychosociales actuelles, les réflexions éthiques sur la qualité de vie et le bien-être et sur la ... [more ▼]

Le thème de la souffrance occupe une place prépondérante dans les approches socio-écologiques, et biopsychosociales actuelles, les réflexions éthiques sur la qualité de vie et le bien-être et sur la recherche du bonheur. Qu’il s’agisse de la fatigue professionnelle ou la fatigue d’être soi, la problématique des souffrances est au cœur des discours et des rapports sociaux. De même, elle est au centre des interventions qui tentent d’y faire face de façon individuelle ou communautaire dans les soins de santé, les soutiens psychologiques, les actions sociales, etc. Le but de cette session qui s’appuyera sur des travaux de recherches empririques, n’est pas de se demander « y a-t-il plus ou moins de souffrance ? », mais plutôt de s’interroger sur l’émergence des souffrances, elles-mêmes produits sociaux, l’identification des facteurs impliqués et la compréhension des processus en jeu. La souffrance est la résultante d’une conduite, elle-même sociale, dont les valeurs culturelles la rendent plus ou moins supportables. Issue d’une vision que l’individu a sur sa propre existence, les déterminants culturels qui contribuent à développer ces souffrances, à les cumuler, les amplifier, les maintenir de génération en génération seront des objectifs auxquels nous chercherons à répondre. Décomposer ces souffrances et comprendre les liens qu’elles peuvent avoir avec une douleur physique, une privation affective, une carence éducative, pourront être des pistes de discussion. Enfin, face aux mobilités, aux multiplicités, nous tenterons de répondre à la question de la souffrance liée au fait de vivre ensemble dans un contexte démographique, économique et politique changeant. [less ▲]

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See detailLes problèmes que rencontrent les professionnels pour prendre en charge les souffrances et les recommandations qu’ils préconisent pour répondre à leurs besoins.
Baumann, Michèle UL

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2ème partie Les problèmes que rencontrent les professionnels pour prendre en charge ces souffrances et les recommandations qu’ils préconisent pour répondre à leurs besoins. _________________________ Les ... [more ▼]

2ème partie Les problèmes que rencontrent les professionnels pour prendre en charge ces souffrances et les recommandations qu’ils préconisent pour répondre à leurs besoins. _________________________ Les problèmes que rencontrent ces professionnels des communes rurales du nord pour prendre en charge ces souffrances et les recommandations qu’ils préconisent pour répondre à leurs besoins. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical and mental health, substance abuse and preventive behaviour: disparities between Central/Eastern versus Western European first-year university students in social sciences
Ionescu, Ion; Bucki, Barbara UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in Analele Stiintifice ale Universitatii "Alexandru Ioan Cuza". Sectiunea Sociologie si Asistenta Sociala = Scientific Annals of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University. Sociology and Social Work Section (2014), 7(1), 96-115

Background: Students at many European universities are in poor health and have unhealthy lifestyles. This study assessed and compared physical and mental health, substance use and preventive behaviour ... [more ▼]

Background: Students at many European universities are in poor health and have unhealthy lifestyles. This study assessed and compared physical and mental health, substance use and preventive behaviour among Polish and Romanian students versus students from France, a longer-standing member of the European Union. Methods: Four months after the beginning of the academic year, 934 French (Metz), 480 Polish (Katowice), and 195 Romanian (Iasi) first-year students of human and social sciences volunteered to complete an online self-reported questionnaire in their native language. The data were analysed using the age and sex adjusted odds ratios (OR) computed with logistic models and analysis of variance controlling for age and sex. Results: 41.9% of French students, 79.2% of Polish students and 48.2% of Romanian students were aged 20 years or over, and 58%, 82% and 87% respectively were female. Compared with French students, Romanian and Polish students experienced more stress/psychological distress, received less social support, and smokers smoked more intensively (ORs about 2.3). Drunkenness, impaired physical health or morale and suicidal ideation were more frequent (ORs 1.5-1.8) while tobacco use was less frequent (0.34) among Polish than among French students. Being uneasy, wanting to cry, having financial problems, and impaired physical health or morale were more frequent (ORs 1.5-4.9) among Romanian than among French students, in contrast to drunkenness (0.43). Both not using a motorcycle/cycle helmet and drink driving were less frequent among Polish students (ORs 0.06 and 0.47, respectively). Romanian students less frequently used tranquillisers (0.07) but were more likely not to use a condom during sexual intercourse (2.06). Finally, French students more frequently reported feeling isolated or dissatisfied with their integration into university. Conclusion: Poor health, substance use and lack of support were common but the risks greatly differed between Polish, Romanian and French students. There is a need to help students solve their integration problems and material difficulties. Health promotion on campus should provide appropriate advice, particularly for individuals at risk that takes account of the socio-economic and cultural context. [less ▲]

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See detailSocioeconomic inequalities in fatal opiate and cocaine related overdoses: Transgenerational baggage versus individual attainments
Origer, Alain UL; Bucki, Barbara UL; Baumann, Michèle UL

in European Health Psychologist (The) (2014)

Background. To determine socioeconomic inequalities in opiates and cocaine related Fatal OverDose (FOD) cases and their implications in terms of preventive measures. Methods. Cross-examination of law ... [more ▼]

Background. To determine socioeconomic inequalities in opiates and cocaine related Fatal OverDose (FOD) cases and their implications in terms of preventive measures. Methods. Cross-examination of law enforcement and healthcare data sources and of forensic evidence in a nested case-control study design. FOD cases were individually matched with 4 controls, according to sex, year of birth, drug administration route and duration of drug use. 272 cases vs. 1,056 controls were compared through conditional logistic regression. Findings. Being professionally active [OR=0.662 (95% CI 0.446–0.985)], reporting salary as main income source [OR=0.417 (95% CI 0.258–0.674)], and education attainment higher than primary school [OR=0.501 (95% CI 0.344-0.729)] revealed to be protective factors, whereas parental professional status was not associated to FOD. Discussion. Compared to their peers, drug users with lower socioeconomic profiles show increased odds of FOD. However, actual and self-referred socioeconomic characteristics of drug users, impacting on daily life quality, such as educational attainment, employment and revenue, appeared to be more predictive of FOD than transgenerational factors such as the parental socioeconomic status. Thus, motivational interventions aimed at socio-professional reintegration should be given due attention in dedicated harm prevention policies. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation between health-related quality of life and being an immigrant among adolescents, and the role of socioeconomic and health-related difficulties
Baumann, Michèle UL; Chau, Kénora

in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2014), 10(1),

To develop satisfactorily, adolescents require a good health-related quality of life (QOL, including physical health, psychological health, social relationships and living environment). However, for ... [more ▼]

To develop satisfactorily, adolescents require a good health-related quality of life (QOL, including physical health, psychological health, social relationships and living environment). However, for poorly understood reasons, it is often lacking, especially among immigrants with lower family and socioeconomic resources. This study assessed health-related QOL of European and non-European immigrant adolescents and the contributions of socioeconomic difficulties, unhealthy behaviors, and violence. It included 1,559 middle-school adolescents from north-eastern France (mean age 13.5, SD 1.3; 1451 French adolescents, 54 European immigrants and 54 non-European immigrants), who completed a self-administered questionnaire including sex, age, socioeconomic characteristics (family structure, parents’ education, occupation, and income), unhealthy behaviors (uses of tobacco/alcohol/cannabis/hard drugs, obesity, and involvement in violence), having sustained violence, sexual abuse, and the four QOL domains measured with the World Health Organization’s WHOQOL-BREF (poor: score<25PthP percentile). Data were analyzed using logistic regression models. Poor physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and living environment affected more European immigrants (26% to 35%) and non-European immigrants (43% to 54%) than French adolescents (21% to 26%). European immigrants had a higher risk of poor physical health and living environment (gender-age-adjusted odds ratio 2.00 and 1.88, respectively) while non-European immigrants had a higher risk for all poor physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and living environment (3.41, 2.07, 3.25, and 3.79, respectively). Between 20% and 58% of these risks were explained by socioeconomic difficulties, parts of which overlapped with unhealthy behaviors and violence. The associations between the two sets of covariates greatly differed among French adolescents and immigrants. Poor QOL was more common among European and non-European immigrants due to socioeconomic difficulties and associated unhealthy behaviors and violence. The different risk patterns observed between French adolescents and immigrants may help prevention. [less ▲]

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