An intervention for job-search transition readiness: The effect on displaced workers' readiness for change and job-search intensity

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2006-08

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Bohls, Michelle Miller

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This study explores the application of the Transtheoretical Model's (TTM) theory for displaced workers. The purpose of this study was to increase our understanding of the process of becoming ready to look for work after being displaced from unemployment. First, an intervention for readiness was developed and empirically tested. We did not find support for the intervention's influence on readiness or job search activity after one month; however this unique transition intervention is presented for future empirical research. Second, an exploratory model based on the TTM and previous research was analyzed. Our results support a causal path from transition readiness to job-search intensity. Results show support for the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) over the Theory of Planned Behavior (TBP) for this population. The findings suggest that interventions for a discouraged worker should facilitate decision balance as recommended in the TIM.

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Displaced workers, Job hunting, Transition readiness, Employment

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Bohls, M. M. (2006). <i>An intervention for job-search transition readiness: The effect on displaced workers' readiness for change and job-search intensity</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.

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