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Job insecurity: A literature review.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report describes the nature of job insecurity and addresses conceptual as well as methodological issues affecting the understanding of its antecedents and consequences. The literature review suggests that a great deal of theoretical and empirical work is needed to capture the nature of job insecurity, develop psychometrically sound measures of the different aspects, and arrive at valid conclusions regarding the effects of insecurity. Job insecurity is defined as a subjectively experienced stressor which may be divided into different dimensions. Experiences of job insecurity originate in both situational and a number of individual factors. Job insecurity perceptions have been consistently related to reactions such as negative work-related attitudes and behaviors, and job-induced stress symptoms. However, despite a few longitudinal studies on the consequences of job insecurity, most research results derive from cross-sectional studies, and a lot of work remains to expand knowledge on how job insecurity contributes to changes in various outcomes. There are also a number of plausible factors that may moderate the relationships between job insecurity and its potential outcomes. These issues need to be addressed in theoretical as well as empirical work is in order to improve the understanding of both what job insecurity is and what it may imply for the individual and the organization.

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Arbetslivsinstitutet och SALTSA, Stockholm , 2006.
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SALTSA report, ISSN 1404-8485 ; 2006:1
Keyword [en]
job insecurity, work stress, employment
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-21231DiVA: diva2:187757
Available from: 2007-12-06 Created: 2007-12-06Bibliographically approved

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