A Study on Job Seekers’ Mental Health
|April 28, 2012||Posted by admin under DECODE - Assess/Plan|
A Study on Job Seekers’ Mental Health —Leslie Kwoh
Job seekers’ mental health tends to improve nearly three months into unemployment—after the initial shock of the pink slip, but before the rejection letters start piling up.
According to a new study led by Connie Wanberg, a University of Minnesota professor of organizational and work behavior, the average laid-off worker experiences a gradual improvement in mental health until the 10- to 12-week mark, when the trend reverses.
The study found that those participants who reported better mental health tended to conduct more intense job searches, increasing their likelihood of landing jobs.
The study, published in the April/May issue of the Academy of Management Journal, polled 177 unemployed individuals over the course of 20 weeks through weekly online surveys.