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CEU.gif Psychological career resources and coping resources of the young unemployed African graduate: An exploratory study

Melinde Coetzee, Kerith Esterhuizen
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 36, No 1 | a868 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v36i1.868 | © 2010 Melinde Coetzee, Kerith Esterhuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2009 | Published: 12 May 2010

About the author(s)

Melinde Coetzee, University of South Africa
Kerith Esterhuizen, University of South Africa, South Africa


Orientation: Youth unemployment in South Africa presents unique challenges to the young unemployed graduate and requires a range of psychological coping capacities from the young adult.

Research purpose: This study explored the relationship between the psychological career resources(as measured by the Psychological Career Resources Inventory) and coping resources (as measured by the Coping Resources Inventory) of a sample of 196 young unemployed African graduates.

Motivation for study: There is an increasing need for career counsellors and practitioners to explore the psychological attributes and career-related resources that young people employ or require to help them deal with the challenges posed by unemployment during the school-to-work transition phase of their lives.

Research design, approach and method: A survey design and quantitative statistical procedures were used to achieve the research objective. Convenience sampling was used on a population of 500 unemployed graduate black people who attended a 12-week Work Readiness Programme (39% response rate).

Main findings: Multiple regression analyses indicated that dimensions of psychological career resources contribute signifcantly to explaining the proportion of variance in the participants’coping resources scores.

Practical implications: The insights derived from the findings can be employed by career counsellors and practitioners to construct a more comprehensive career framework for the individual in the school-to-work transition phase.

Contribution/value-add: The findings add valuable new knowledge that can be used to inform career services concerned with guiding and counselling young graduates in the school-to-work transition phase.


career adaptive behaviour; career guidance; coping attributes; employability; school-to-work transition; unemployed graduate


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