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Danish Center for Welfare Studies

Neurotic people more likely to complain about the welfare state

In an article for The Conversation DaWS Professor Pieter Vanhuysse reports on the use of the Big Five personality traits in analysing welfare attitudes.

"When asked “how satisfied are you with insurance for health care, unemployment, pension, and nursing care i.e. the social security net?”, neurotic people reported lower satisfaction levels. The opposite was true for agreeable people.

But, interestingly, neurotic people also appear to think they need – and want – the reassurances provided by the welfare state more. They feel more financially insecure when sick, in need of nursing care, or old. And they more strongly want the state to step in and help out at times of ill health or need of help in the labour market or with family care."

Find the article here