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ERIC Number: EJ1006631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Unemployment and Underemployment: A Narrative Analysis about Loss
Blustein, David L.; Kozan, Saliha; Connors-Kellgren, Alice
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v82 n3 p256-265 Jun 2013
In this study, we conducted a narrative analysis of interviews with unemployed and underemployed adults to better understand their experiences and to learn how they are coping with job loss. Seven men and six women from diverse backgrounds who were receiving career exploration and job search services were interviewed at a one-stop career center in a northeastern city of the United States. Using narrative inquiry as the methodological lens, the findings revealed three themes: the story of unemployment, factors that affect the unemployment experience, and coping strategies for unemployment. The participants used both micro and macro perspectives in constructing meaning about their work-based problems. The participants who had access to financial resources, relational and instrumental support, and adaptive coping skills seemed to be managing the crisis reasonably well. Other participants, particularly those faced with health issues, poverty, and lack of relational and instrumental support were struggling, often manifesting feelings of despair and frustration. The three themes were integrated in the discussion, highlighting implications for theory, research, counseling, and public policy. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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