ERIC Number: ED396137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Personal and Occupational Mobility Characteristics of Selected Dislocated Newspaper Workers.
Benton, Jackie Lamar
A study of dislocated newspaper workers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was conducted to describe their personal and occupational mobility characteristics and the residual effect of their separation and unemployment. The descriptive study focused on demographic characteristics, employment history, occupational mobility, economic and emotional impact, attitudes and perceptions, and education and training. The population of 132 dislocated newspaper workers was surveyed 6 and 18 months after departure from the paper, with a response from 64 persons at 6 months and 73 at 18 months (50 respondents were common to both surveys). Some of the findings were the following: (1) 71 percent were male, 81 percent white, more than 60 percent married, and 68 percent with some college; (2) more than 31 percent had 20 or more years of service to the company; (3) 42 percent found new employment but were earning less than 50 percent of their previous income; (4) nearly 50 percent were required to change their lifestyles; (5) most workers had felt secure in their jobs prior to the layoff; (6) 48 percent received the strongest support from spouses; and (7) the dislocation trauma extended over time. The study recommendations were as follows: examine alternatives to mass layoffs, inform all employees of the layoff procedures, provide counselors for workers and families, provide outplacement assistance, and avoid denigration of the laid-off workers prior to and following dislocation. Educators should do the following: teach materials related to the workplace; provide transferrable-skills instruction; emphasize job location skills; teach about balancing work and family; teach economic survival skills; and teach networking. (Contains 71 tables, 129 references, and 23 appendices containing survey correspondence, instrument, and verbatim responses.) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Louisiana (Baton Rouge)
Note: Ph.D. dissertation, Louisiana State University.