Ellis: Community Embeddedness and Core Self-Evaluations as Predictors of Distal Job Search and Unemployment Stress: Employability as a Moderator

A Thesis Proposal by Lauren Ellis

Committee: Dr. Taylor (Chair), Dr. Moore, and Dr. Rosopa

Wednesday, March 28 at 12:00pm, 110 Brackett Hall


The loss of a job is a stressful life event that can cause people to
lose economic stability, membership in a community, or a piece of
their self-identity. Joblessness is an increasingly salient experience
for American workers, as the national unemployment rate hovers between
8% and 9%. Existing research suggests that unemployment is related to
decreased levels of well being. In addition, there is support that job
search behaviors are strongly related to self-esteem and that those
behaviors can function as a coping mechanism to combat the stress
experienced during unemployment. However, in the current job market,
the jobless often have to look further away from home to find work.
Therefore, it is important to increase understanding of how
off-the-job factors influence behavioral and affective reactions to
unemployment. In this thesis, the moderating effects of perceived
employability will be considered as I determine how a person’s core
self-evaluations and community embeddedness affect distal job search
persistence and stress.

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