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dc.contributor.authorGiuntoli, G.*
dc.contributor.authorHughes, S.*
dc.contributor.authorKarban, Kate*
dc.contributor.authorSouth, J.*
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-21T14:55:40Z
dc.date.available2016-09-21T14:55:40Z
dc.date.issued2015-07-01
dc.identifier.citationGiuntoli G, Hughes S, Karban K et al (2015) Towards a middle-range theory of mental health and well-being effects of employment transitions: Findings from a qualitative study on unemployment during the 2009-2010 economic recession. Health. 19(4): 389-412.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/9084
dc.description.abstractThis article builds upon previous theoretical work on job loss as a status passage to help explain how people's experiences of involuntary unemployment affected their mental well-being during the 2009-2010 economic recession. It proposes a middle-range theory that interprets employment transitions as status passages and suggests that their health and well-being effects depend on the personal and social meanings that people give to them, which are called properties of the transitions. The analyses, which used a thematic approach, are based on the findings of a qualitative study undertaken in Bradford (North England) consisting of 73 people interviewed in 16 focus groups. The study found that the participants experienced their job losses as divestment passages characterised by three main properties: experiences of reduced agency, disruption of role-based identities, for example, personal identity crises, and experiences of 'spoiled identities', for example, experiences of stigma. The proposed middle-range theory allows us to federate these findings together in a coherent framework which makes a contribution to illuminating not just the intra-personal consequences of unemployment, that is, its impact on subjective well-being and common mental health problems, but also its inter-personal consequences, that is, the hidden and often overlooked social processes that affect unemployed people's social well-being. This article discusses how the study findings and the proposed middle-range theory can help to address the theoretical weaknesses and often contradictory empirical findings from studies that use alternative frameworks, for example, deprivation models and 'incentive theory' of unemployment.
dc.relation.isreferencedbyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459314554314
dc.subjectAdolescent
dc.subject; Adult
dc.subject; Aged
dc.subject; Economic recession
dc.subject; England
dc.subject; Female
dc.subject; Health status
dc.subject; Humans
dc.subject; Life change events
dc.subject; Male
dc.subject; Mental health
dc.subject; Middle aged
dc.subject; Qualitative research
dc.subject; Social class
dc.subject; Social stigma
dc.subject; Stress
dc.subject; Unemployment
dc.subject; Young adult
dc.subject; Mental health
dc.subject; Stigma
dc.subject; Well-being
dc.titleTowards a middle-range theory of mental health and well-being effects of employment transitions: Findings from a qualitative study on unemployment during the 2009-2010 economic recession
dc.date.application2014-10-15
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