Resilience, social support and self-esteem: Coping resources required for transition following job loss in midlife
No Thumbnail Available
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
Items in Esource are protected by copyright. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher/copyright holder.
To understand the importance of the variable’s resilience, social support and self-esteem for individuals aged 50 to 71+ who experienced job loss through redundancy or retirement was the aim of this study. Longevity is a phenomenon of our time as well as changing work environments and roles. Participants (n 121) were recruited through snowball sampling from an on-line quantitative questionnaire. It was hypothesised that variables were different for gender and the reason for job loss, no significance was found. Correlations were identified between Self-esteem and Resilience, and Social Support. Additional analysis found participants within 50-54 age group had lower self-esteem than participants in older age groups. Socio-economic and education status influence self-esteem and should be included in future research, as well as personality traits. In conclusion, as midlife is a time of psychosocial development, individuals who experience job loss should receive psychological support as part of their exit planning process.