The life experience of the unemployed South African

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Neil, Susanna M. en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Boshoff, Linca en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-09T13:08:18Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-09T13:08:18Z
dc.date.created 2016-04-06 en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.description Mini Dissertation (MCom)--University of Pretoria, 2016. en
dc.description.abstract 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. en
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dc.description.degree MCom
dc.description.department Human Resource Management en
dc.identifier.citation Boshoff, L 2016, The life experience of the unemployed South African, MCom Mini Dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/53013> en
dc.identifier.other A2016 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/53013
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria. en
dc.subject UCTD en
dc.title The life experience of the unemployed South African en
dc.type Mini Dissertation en


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