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The unemployed mid-career adult: stressors and support

Lynn Ribton-Turner, Gideon P De Bruin
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 32, No 2 | a235 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v32i2.235 | © 2006 Lynn Ribton-Turner, Gideon P De Bruin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 October 2006 | Published: 29 October 2006

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Lynn Ribton-Turner, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Gideon P De Bruin, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

The high rate of unemployment in South Africa is of national concern yet the experience of being unemployed is little understood; not enough is known about the unemployed condition in South Africa. In this study eight unemployed mid-career adults who had been out of work for longer than six months were interviewed in order to explore their lived experience. A qualitative methodology was used and from the extensive interview data, using qualitative content analysis, themes relating to the unemployed condition emerged. Results support, to a large degree, the existing literature and studies on the stressors impacting on the unemployed. This study offers additional insight into the support structures available for the unemployed adult.

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Unemployment; Retrenchment; Self adjustment

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