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Worries and career employment attitudes: the role of social inequalities of master’s degree students.
Karavdic, Senad; Baumann, Michèle
2015In Promotion of Mental Health
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Keywords :
Penn State Worry Questionnaire; Career employment attitudes; masters students
Abstract :
[en] University students' mental health is affected by worries about the employment of their future. Our purpose is to analyze the relationships between traits of worry and career attitudes, happiness and autonomy in their quality of life among postgraduates. Method: Independent of their socioeconomic status, all students obtained financial aid from the government of Luxembourg. A link to an online questionnaire was sent to their home address. The instrument assessed: Penn-State-Worry scale, Career dimensions (adaptability, optimism, knowledge and planning), Happiness and Quality of Life Autonomy scores, and sociodemographic characteristics. Bivariate-tests, correlations and multiple linear regression models were used for analysis. Results: A majority of the 481 volunteers (26.4 years; SD=5.5) were women and unemployed. Sociodemographical factors such as European or non-EU nationality (vs. Luxembourgish), possession of an internship employment contract (vs. fixed-term and permanent contract) and being a part of social and humanity sciences domain were related with high worries. Lower adaptability (β= -2.271; p< 0.001) and optimism career attitudes (β= -2.162; p= 0.002), low happiness (β= -1.518; p= 0.039) and autonomy in their quality of life (β= -0.669; p= 0.004), respectively, were affected by higher worry score. Conclusion: Worry indicator could be observed routinely to monitor students’ career adaptability and optimism. University career employment workshops may help to increase the individual capabilities to improve and/or to maintain their well-being. Nationality, employment contract status and chosen academic field had generated mental health inequalities that must be considered in consultations, counseling and implementation of prevention and promotion programs.
Research center :
- Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) > Institute for Health and Behaviour
Disciplines :
Sociology & social sciences
Public health, health care sciences & services
Author, co-author :
Karavdic, Senad ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
Baumann, Michèle ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Integrative Research Unit: Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)
External co-authors :
no
Language :
English
Title :
Worries and career employment attitudes: the role of social inequalities of master’s degree students.
Publication date :
2015
Event name :
23rd European Congress of Psychiatry
Event organizer :
European Psychiatry Association Brussels Office
Event place :
Vienna, Austria
Event date :
from 28-04-2015 to 31-04-2015
Audience :
International
Main work title :
Promotion of Mental Health
Publisher :
Kenes International, Geneva, Switzerland
Pages :
369
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Name of the research project :
R-AGR-0278-1 > CAPJOB > 15/06/2013 - 14/06/2016 > BAUMANN Michèle
Funders :
University of Luxembourg - UL
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