Reference : Towards a normalisation of unemployment? A French exploratory study
Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings : Unpublished conference
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Social, industrial & organizational psychology
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/21805
Towards a normalisation of unemployment? A French exploratory study
English
Pignault, Anne mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) > ; CNAM-INETOP > CRTD, Centre de Recherche sur le Travail et le Développement > > Ass. Prof. Dr.]
Houssemand, Claude mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
22-May-2015
Yes
International
17th congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
from 20-05-2015 to 23-05-2015
Oslo
Norway
[en] Recent trends in the perception of labour and employment (Bourhis & Wils, 2001; Cultiaux & Vendramin, 2010; De Witte, Halman & Gelissen, 2004) suggest changes in the perception of unemployment and absence of work. Some years ago, Galland (2000) put forward the hypothesis that the statistical increase of unemployment could lead to its relative normalisation.

We thus hypothesise jobless people, fighting the negative effects of unemployment, consider this situation as normal and unavoidable, and attribute it to external, non-controllable factors. Then, to a better understanding of this phenomenon, the present study examines the links between normalisation and various psychological and socio-professional dimensions.

205 French unemployed people took 5 questionnaires: the French version of coping scale WCC-R (Way of Coping Checklist - Revised, Cousson, 1996), a scale of locus of control (Meyers & Houssemand, 2005), one of centrality of work (Gringas & Chagnon, 1997), some items allow the definition of the professional trajectories and career path (Dupuy, Le Blanc, & Mégemont, 2006) and a scale of unemployment normalisation (Pignault & Houssemand, 2013).

Results showed external locus of control (r=.36, p<.001) and emotion-focused coping style (r=.43, p<.001) are positively correlated with unemployment normalisation. But the participants’ career path did not influence their representation of the unemployment.

This study confirms the hypothesis that the unemployment normalisation depends on some psychological dimensions. Unemployment services could use it for predicting the normalisation level and fighting better against the jobless situation.
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http://hdl.handle.net/10993/21805

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