ERIC Number: ED333313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-7
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The Intrinsic Value of Work in a Changing Global Environment.
Madill, Helen M.; And Others
Although work continues to play a significant role in the lives of most men and an increasing number of women that role is changing. This study examined the intrinsic value of work. The 53 subjects for this study were drawn from a review of 160 files for clients who were referred to the Occupational Performance Analysis Unit at the University of Alberta (Canada). All clients completed the Life Roles Inventory and participated in a structured interview, the Life Situation Questionnaire. Measures of physical capacity, perceived exertion, and functional ability were also undertaken. A change in physical status was found to result in reduced income, a shift in level of employment, or unemployment. Income derived from an individual's own efforts was important to a client's sense of personal contribution, identity and status. The greater the occupational shift, the lower the level of satisfaction with employment, financial situation, and general health, and the less participation in social leisure pursuits. Working role was related to the difference in social pursuits for females, as it likely provided opportunities for interaction with peers, membership in organizations, and social relationships. A significantly higher proportion of females indicated that their circle of friends had changed since their injury than did males. Females who had not indicated a change in their circle of friends were more satisfied with their social life than those who reported such changes. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists (48th, Tokyo, Japan, July 14-18, 1990).