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Difficult Socioeconomic Situations and Attachment Representations: A study about Greek Unemployed Young Adults

Xourafi, Lydia LU (2017) PSYP02 20171
Department of Psychology
Abstract
Unemployment, underemployment and stressful working conditions in today’s Greece comprise common phenomena whose consequences are not only evident in the socioeconomic sphere but also in the individual psychological sphere. The present investigation combines mixed methods focusing on the psychological impact of unemployment and underemployment on individual mental health, and on the role of attachment self-representations in self-construction and resilience. Two studies are presented: In Study 1, 120 unemployed young adults in Greece completed an online survey assessing self-reported depressive symptoms, history of and features of the present unemployment, and other demographic data. Over 60% of participants reported symptoms suggesting... (More)
Unemployment, underemployment and stressful working conditions in today’s Greece comprise common phenomena whose consequences are not only evident in the socioeconomic sphere but also in the individual psychological sphere. The present investigation combines mixed methods focusing on the psychological impact of unemployment and underemployment on individual mental health, and on the role of attachment self-representations in self-construction and resilience. Two studies are presented: In Study 1, 120 unemployed young adults in Greece completed an online survey assessing self-reported depressive symptoms, history of and features of the present unemployment, and other demographic data. Over 60% of participants reported symptoms suggesting major depression, while the level of severity (mild to severe) was related to the duration of unemployment. In Study 2, unemployed young adults (N=7) were interviewed with a semi-structured interview focusing on the experience of unemployment and with the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). Besides attachment representation classifications and estimates of coherence based on the AAI, narrative thematic analysis was conducted and narrative coherence was assessed. Results suggest an association between attachment representation quality and resilience themes contributing to an in depth exploration of the experience of unemployment. (Less)
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author
Xourafi, Lydia LU
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Difficult Socioeconomic Situations and Attachment Representations
course
PSYP02 20171
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
unemployment, depression, resilience, adult attachment, self-concept, Greece
language
English
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8926266
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  abstract     = {Unemployment, underemployment and stressful working conditions in today’s Greece comprise common phenomena whose consequences are not only evident in the socioeconomic sphere but also in the individual psychological sphere. The present investigation combines mixed methods focusing on the psychological impact of unemployment and underemployment on individual mental health, and on the role of attachment self-representations in self-construction and resilience. Two studies are presented: In Study 1, 120 unemployed young adults in Greece completed an online survey assessing self-reported depressive symptoms, history of and features of the present unemployment, and other demographic data. Over 60% of participants reported symptoms suggesting major depression, while the level of severity (mild to severe) was related to the duration of unemployment. In Study 2, unemployed young adults (N=7) were interviewed with a semi-structured interview focusing on the experience of unemployment and with the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). Besides attachment representation classifications and estimates of coherence based on the AAI, narrative thematic analysis was conducted and narrative coherence was assessed. Results suggest an association between attachment representation quality and resilience themes contributing to an in depth exploration of the experience of unemployment.},
  author       = {Xourafi, Lydia},
  keyword      = {unemployment,depression,resilience,adult attachment,self-concept,Greece},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Difficult Socioeconomic Situations and Attachment Representations: A study about Greek Unemployed Young Adults},
  year         = {2017},
}