ERIC Number: ED301650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Work, Jobs and Unemployment. Item 8.
SET: Research Information for Teachers, n1 1988
Unemployment can be studied in regard to its relationship to the psychological health of unemployed persons. Although the relationship is generally perceived as negative, some people suffer fewer negative consequences of unemployment than others. Potentially negative aspects of unemployment include reduced income, life restrictions, fewer goals, smaller scope for decision making, diminished opportunity to develop and use skills, an increase in psychologically threatening activities, insecurity about the future, restricted range of interpersonal contact, and changes in social position. Factors influencing the impact of unemployment include employment commitment, age, length of unemployment, social class, and sex differences. In addition, some jobs have "bad" components that make some workers better off unemployed--so-called "good" unemployment. Since unemployment is likely to be high in the future, some people may have to reconstruct their perceptions of unemployment to move into "good" unemployment, overcoming some of the negative features of unemployment by attitude change. Job restructuring such as part-time work and job sharing also may help to mitigate the impact of unemployment, but will require attitude change. (KC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.; Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
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