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Title: Developmental trajectories : an investigation of the differential psycho-social effects of employment, unemployment, YTS and further education for the school leaver
Author: King, Stephen S.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1989
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The effects of transition from school were monitored in a longitudinal questionnaire/interview design. Base-line measures of a wide range of indices of psychological well-being, as well as demographic information and supplementary information, were colected from 389 individuals whilst at school and repeated measures were taken 6 months and 12 months after leaving school. A number of variables which predispose individuals to unemployment were uncovered. On a descriptive level the individuals who moved to unemployment experienced a deterioration on a range of cognitive, affective and behavioural indices of well-being whilst the other groups reported no change or an enhancement. Dispositional and situational variables that have the potential to alleviate or exacerbate the stresses of transition were also identified. These separate strands of the study were pulled together to develop a model capable of explaining the differing experiences of the 5 status groups examined here. The model concerns itself with experiences of deprivation (of the supports of school), privation (of the supports of employment or some acceptable alternative) and frustration (of attempts to cope positively with unemployment). The study ends with some policy recommendations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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