The Relationship Between Control, Job Seeking, and Well-Being in Unemployed People
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We tested the usefulness of the competence-contingency-control model to account for well-being and job seeking in the unemployed. We surveyed 216 job seekers (M age = 35 years; M unemployment = 12.4 months) with measures of personal competency, beliefs about contingency relationships, job seeking, and well-being. We hypothesized that control (i.e., competency and contingency) would be positively related to well-being and job seeking, and that job seeking would be positively associated with well-being and would mediate or moderate between control and well-being. We found that control accounted for one third of the variance in wellbeing, and was positively associated with job seeking (7% of variance). Job seeking did not mediate or moderate between control and well-being.
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
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Industrial and Organisational Psychology