Resilience and unemployment: exploring risk and protective influences for the outcome variables of depression and assertive job searching

Moorhouse, Anne, and Caltabiano, Marie L. (2007) Resilience and unemployment: exploring risk and protective influences for the outcome variables of depression and assertive job searching. Journal of Employment Counseling, 44 (3). pp. 115-125.

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Abstract

This study examined adult resilience in the context of the adversity of unemployment. Seventy-seven unemployed job seekers completed a self-report survey containing the Resilience Scale (G. M. Wagnild & H. M. Young, 1993), Centre for Epidemiologic Studies-Depressed Mood Scale (L. S. Radloff, 1977), and the Assertive Job Hunting Survey (H. A. Becker, 1980). Product-term regression indicated that for those unemployed persons who had resilient qualities, less depression resulted even though they had been job searching for a long time (beta = -.359, p < .001). Length of time job searching was positively associated with depression (beta = .41, p < .01). When the outcome variable was job search assertiveness, only the main effect of resilience (beta = .492, p < .001) was significant, accounting for 25.8% of the variance. The inclusion of psychological interventions to foster resilience, along with standard job search training provided by job network services, is advocated.

Item ID: 2202
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: resilience; depression; unemployment; job search
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Reproduced with permission from Journal of Employment Counseling.

ISSN: 0022-0787
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 06:11
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 49%
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