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ERIC Number: EJ1156039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1175-2882
Examining the Effect of Co-Op Non-Employment and Rejection Sensitivity on Subjective Well-Being
Cormier, Lauren; Drewery, David
Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, v18 n3 p213-224 2017
A growing body of literature suggests the need to better understand the subjective well-being (SWB) of students enrolled in cooperative education (co-op) programs. Some co-op students will be unsuccessful in securing employment, yet there is a scarcity of existing quantitative research outlining the impact that this will have on students, particularly first work-term students who are engaging in the job-search process for the first time. Using an integrated framework of SWB, this paper seeks to address the negative effect of co-op unemployment on SWB and the potential moderating effect of students' rejection sensitivity. Two self-report surveys were analyzed (n = 82). These were taken before and after first work-term students were informed of their employment results. The results showed a significantly negative main effect on SWB after discovering they were not employed, compared to their employed peers. Rejection sensitivity was found to be a moderator of the effect. These findings imply that consideration should be given to ways to support this group of co-op students to ameliorate effects of non-employment on well-being.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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