"Self-regulation when out of work: Conscious and non-conscious self-regulation in dealing with uncertainty and setbacks during unemploymentTitel"
University of Amsterdam - Work and Organizational Psychology
Prof.dr. A.E.M. van Vianen (University of Amsterdam)
Dr. E.A.J. van Hooft (University of Amsterdam)
1 October 2014 - 1 October 2018
NWO - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
The proposed research project focuses on the impact of setbacks/rejections on mental health and job-search during unemployment, examining how and when self-regulation facilitates versus hinders the job-search process. The process of seeking employment is full of setbacks, rejections, and negative emotions. Current times of economic turmoil have led people to experience the job-search process as a black hole swallowing their energy and efforts. Self-regulation of (disruptive) thoughts, (negative) affect, (waning) motivation and effort is thought to be crucial to persist in job-seeking despite negative events. However, we lack understanding what exactly happens when unemployed people are confronted with setbacks and rejections. How do people respond to such impediments? What specific self-regulatory strategies do they use in dealing with setbacks/rejections? And is self-regulation always beneficial for job-search behavior, mental health, and employment success? In the present research we develop and test theory on the facilitative and hindering role of self-regulation after setbacks/rejections over time.