Unemployment or living in fear of job loss on a daily basis threatens the health of individuals and their family members.
In Turkey, widespread unemployment and job insecurity are chronic social problems that greatly affect individuals, families, and the entire society. The majority of public opinion polls over the last few years have revealed a general consensus that unemployment constitutes a problem of the highest priority for the country. Independent of the political orientations, society expects a solution to the issue. Unemployment and the fear of job loss (job insecurity) are generally considered economic problems; rarely does newspaper reporting go beyond the stories of individual drama and the destroyed lives that they cause. The current volume examines this critical issue from a scholarly perspective in its many dimensions.
Unemployment or living in fear of job loss on a daily basis threatens the health of individuals and their family members. In addition to economic injustice and social exclusion, long-term unemployment causes high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, cardiovascular diseases, and many other psychological and physical health problems.
Based on a broad sample of participants, this book thoroughly investigates not only the psychological and physical effects of unemployment and job insecurity on individual and family in Turkey, but also how these threats reflect themselves in work life. At the same time, Life without Work summarizes the previous research in the relevant fields and the most recent statistics on unemployment. Moreover, it offers recommendations regarding effective intervention programs and support. This book is a useful source not only for psychologists working on unemployment, but also for other social scientists, policy-makers, trade unionists, as well as the unemployed and those fearing to lose their job.
Nebi Sümer is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Middle East Technical University (METU). His research interests involve lifespan attachment processes, parenting, traffic psychology, measurement, multivariate statistics, and the effects of unemployment.
Nevin Solak is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at METU and specializes in Social Psychology. Her research includes political psychology, emotions and emotional regulation, inter-group relations, social justice, as well as the perception and effects of unemployment and poverty.
Mehmet Harma is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at METU. He specializes in emotions in verbal and non-verbal communication, attachment in adolescence, social interaction by means of social media, emotions, as well as unemployment and its effects.
The Effects of Unemployment on the Individual and Families
Unemployment and its Causes
The Problem of Unemployment in Turkey
Life without Work: The Effects of Unemployment
The Emotional Impact of Unemployment: Psychological Collapse
Unemployment and Well-Being
The Role of Socio-Demographic Factors in the Relationship between Unemployment and Psychological Health
Unemployment and Psychological Health
Unemployment and Physical Health
Unemployment and Family Relations
Causal Attributions and Attitudes towards Unemployment and the Unemployed
Summary of Part One
The Phenomenon of Job Insecurity and Its Psychological Effects
General Effects of Job Insecurity
İş Güvencesizliğinin Psikolojik Etkileri
Psychological Effects of Job Insecurity
Job Insecurity, Well-Being and Psychological Health
Job Insecurity and Physical Health
Job Insecurity and Family/Couple Relations
Job Insecurity and Work Life
Unemployment and Job Insecurity
Aims of Research on the Effects of Unemployment and Job Insecurity
The Importance of Research
Sampling and Participants
Measures for Psychological Health
Measures for Physical Health
Measures for Family and Couple Relations
Measures for Attitudes towards Work and Institution
Measures for Personal Resourcesv
Measures for Attributions Concerning Unemployment
What Do the Findings Show?
Spousal and Family Relations
Perceived Social Support
Attributions Concerning Unemployment
The Effects of Socio-Demographic Variables on Unemployment
Sosyodemografik Değişkenlerin İşsizlik Üzerindeki Etkileri
Unemployment and Gender
Psychological Health and Gender
Physical Health and Gender
Family/Couple Relations and Gender
Social Support, Perceived Employment and Gender
Attributions on Unemployment and Gender
Unemployment and Age
Psychological Health and Age
Physical Health and Age
Family/Spousal Relations and Age
Social Support, Perceived Employment, and Age
The Effects of Socio-Demographic Variables on Job Insecurity
A Comparison of Unemployment and Levels of Job Insecurity
Family and Spousal Relations
Social Support and Perceived Employment
Attributions Concerning the Unemployed
Attitudes towards Work and Institution
Correlations between Major Variables
Correlations between Variables on the Unemployed Sample
Correlations between Variables on the Employed Sample
Examining the Factors Mitigating the Negative Effects of Unemployment and Job Insecurity
Conclusion and Recommendations
What do the Findings Show? What Needs to be Done?
A Preventive and Restorative Approach
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