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Individual predictors of the intention to enroll in education and training activities in a sample of senior unemployed adults
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
University of Porto.
2013 (English)In: Imagine the future world: How do we want to work tomorrow?: Abstract proceedings of the 16th EAWOP Congress 2013 / [ed] Guido Hertel, Carmen Binnewies, Stefan Krumm, Heinz Holling, Martin Kleinmann, 2013, 555-556 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Many senior unemployed show special vulnerabilities in the current labor market, and often this is related to educational deficits and skills obsolescence requiring retraining. A better knowledge of psychological variables predicting their intention to (re)train appears to be relevant for the promotion of employability among senior unemployed individuals. Building on the expectancy-value theory and the literature on learning motivation, this study hypothesizes that age, education, length of unemployment, proactivity, learning orientation, employment commitment, learning self-efficacy, expected benefits from learning, perceived age discrimination and obsolescence, financial strain and perceived health associate with senior unemployed adults’ intentions to attend training in the near future.

Design/Methodology: This cross-sectional study compared a sample comprising 178 Portuguese unemployed senior adults not enrolled in training to a sample of 116 senior unemployed engaged in training.

Results: Data is analysed during fall 2012, but preliminary results show that age, learning orientation, expected benefits from training and learning self-efficacy explain variance in the intention to attend a training course.

Limitations: The cross-sectional design restricts firm conclusions about the predictive value of the studied variables in relation to the actual attendance of a training course.

Research/Practical Implications: These results may be useful for practitioners in the design of interventions aiming to promote senior unemployed individuals´ motivation to engage in (re)training.

Originality/Value: To our knowledge, few studies have specifically investigated the motivation to attend a training course among senior unemployed individuals, who often are more reluctant to participate in education and training activities.

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2013. 555-556 p.
Keyword [en]
unemployment, senior workers, well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99310OAI: diva2:686604
16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22-25 May, Münster, Germany
Available from: 2014-01-12 Created: 2014-01-12 Last updated: 2014-03-04Bibliographically approved

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