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Facing increasing risks for unemployment in a rapidly changing world : Investigating Self- and Other directed differences within future narratives of various age groups

Wintermeyer, S.A. (2015) Facing increasing risks for unemployment in a rapidly changing world : Investigating Self- and Other directed differences within future narratives of various age groups.

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Abstract:Due to competitions on the global labour market we have to face increasing risks of getting unemployed and its negative psychological consequences for. The present study aims to explore letters from a desired future without paid employment. The letters are based on the idea of narrative futuring, which involves the creation of selves in the future. These so called “possible selves” mirror values and strivings of the author, written to a present audience. The study combines the identification of possible selves with self- or other directed motives. 21 letters of German and Dutch participants of three different age groups, were involved in the qualitative analysis. The results of 39 themes for Communion and 48 themes for Agency were categorized, and then compared between the particular age-group. The oldest (50<) and youngest age group (18-29) have been found to have higher amount of scores for themes of Agency, the middle-aged participants (30-49) for Communion. Interesting findings in relation to the content of the letters show benefits of narrative futuring for individual realizations of the present situation. Recommendations for further research include the practical conversion of the theoretical findings of the present study.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69070
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