ERIC Number: ED344157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Gender Differences in Coping with Involuntary White Collar Job Loss.
Eby, Lillian T.; Buch, Kimberly
Corporate restructuring has resulted in involuntary job loss for a significant number of white collar workers. This study investigated gender differences in reaction to involuntary job loss and tested a model of career gorwth through job loss. Former clients, 456 males and 62 females, of a nationwide outplacement firm completed a questionnaire that measured the two criteria that were chosen to operationalize the construct of career growth (new job satisfaction and a retrospective perception of the benefits of job loss as outweighing the costs) and seven predictor variables (pre-job loss satisfaction, post-job loss activity level, long-term financial impact, level of post-job loss family support, degree of family flexibility, level of post-job loss friend/coworker support, and current emotional level). Data were subjected to t-tests, chi-squares, and separate stepwise regression procedures. The results supported and extended the Latack Dozier model of career growth through job loss. The overwhelming response to job loss was career growth for both sexes. Significant gender differences were found on several variables: salary prior to job loss, salary at the current job, age, overall quality of work life at the new job, new job satisfaction, post-job loss family support, and post-job loss friend/coworker support. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (38th, Knoxville, TN, March 25-28, 1992).