Unemployment from the perspective of the psychology of working

Kossen, Chris and McIlveen, Peter (2018) Unemployment from the perspective of the psychology of working. Journal of Career Development, 45 (5). pp. 474-488. ISSN 0894-8453

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Unemployment is a ubiquitous problem that is a complex of cultural, economic interpersonal, physical, and psychological dimensions. Whereas the pernicious negative outcomes of unemployment are empirically established in the literature, there is a need to better understand the psychological experiences of unemployment so as to inform interventions that ameliorate its impact. The present research is based on archival interview data and uses the psychology of working theory to understand 32 individuals’ experiences of unemployment. The findings include themes that are consistent with the hypothesized predictors posited in the theory, including: marginalization, economic constraints, volition, career adaptability, proactive personality, critical consciousness, social support, and economic conditions. The research findings affirm the conceptual precepts of the theory with regards to its predictors; thus this contribution to the literature on the psychology of working and unemployment opens new perspectives on a perennial problem.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 01:00
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 23:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: unemployment, underemployment, decent work, workforce marginalization, age discrimination, mature-age workers
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0894845317711043
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32475

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