This research study examined the effect of unemployment, specifically caused by retrenchment on South African males. Specific focus was given on the emotional, psychological and social impact caused by retrenchment, the coping mechanisms used by victims of retrenchment and what lessons they have learned from this experience. Retrenchment has become increasingly prevalent in South Africa affecting many people and families. Research on the experiences of victims of retrenchment is limited in this country. This research followed a narrative approach and examined male, South African citizens who have recently been retrenched. Qualitative data was obtained through in-depth semi-structured interviews with three participants. Following thematic analysis, five key themes emerged: The experience of the retrenchment process, the psycho-social impact on the retrenched individuals, their coping behaviour, the effect of social support/lack thereof and the lessons that the victims learned. The research findings indicate that retrenchment can affect people s viewpoint of the South African law, the retrenchment process used and their psychological well-being. Unemployment can leave some individuals with feelings of worthlessness, a lack of identity, lack of motivation, feelings of embarrassment and increased stress levels. Unemployment can also have an impact on friendships and family relationships. Although all the participants experienced rough and negative times, they all seemed to have a positive attitude in going forward. All participants learned something from the retrenchment.
Mini Dissertation (MCom)--University of Pretoria, 2015.