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Experiences with temporary work: The relationship to patterns of motives and work involvement.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: The 26th International Congress of Applied Psychology: Athens, 16-21 July, 2006., 2006Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

The increasing use of temporary employment forms has stimulated research about their consequences in terms of well-being and attitudes, but results are rather contradictory. This paper aims at clarifying the role of employment contract (contract type, history, expected renewal of contract), and individual motives and choices in order to understand differences in self-reported work attitudes and individual well-being. Data for this study has been gathered during 2004 from temporary employees (N = 152) in three different employment sectors in Sweden. Information about the type of temporary contract, contract history, expectations of contract renewal and motives, choices of job and choices of contract have been used to predict indicators of attitudes and well-being whilst controlling for individual characteristics. Preliminary results show that expectations about renewed contracts rather than type of temporary contract or previous experience in temping play an important role to understand temporary workers’ well-being and attitudes. Furthermore, the job of choice yet not contract of choice seems to be an important aspect to consider. Thus, the paper demonstrates that relevant knowledge about the association between temporary work, well being and work attitudes can be gained by investigating subjective choices and expectations of future employment prospects.

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temporary work, well-being, pattern approach
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21289OAI: diva2:187815
Available from: 2007-12-07 Created: 2007-12-07Bibliographically approved

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