Psychological Aspects of Redundancy: An Australian Case Study

Peter J. Dowling, Helen de Cieri, Gerard Griffin, Michelle Brown

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This study provides empirical evidence in support of the literature that contends that, following redundancy, unemployment has a deleterious psychological impact. First, the present study found that, following redundancy, those who remained unemployed were negatively affected with respect to mental health, while those who gained new employment reported improved mental health. Second, and associated with the first finding, those who remained unemployed reported less life satisfaction following redundancy, while those who gained new employment experienced improvement in life satisfaction. This negative impact of redundancy and ensuing unemployment was consistent over time but was apparently ameliorated by obtaining new employment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-531
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Industrial Relations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987

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