Theoretical Approaches: Some Wider Frameworks

  • Norman T. Feather
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


The theoretical ideas presented in the previous chapter were drawn from discussions that were specifically concerned with psychological aspects of work, employment, and unemployment. In this chapter we extend the analysis of the psychological impact of unemployment by discussing the relevance of more general theoretical approaches that are not specifically tied to the fields of employment and unemployment. Our discussion will be selective, with the main aim of indicating how each approach is relevant to the analysis of unemployment effects. Such an emphasis may have the positive effect of stimulating future research. As emphasized previously, there is a need to ground investigations of how people respond to unemployment within theoretical frameworks, moving beyond descriptive accounts to more abstract conceptual analyses.


Psychological Impact Causal Attribution Outcome Expectation Attribution Theory Unemployed People 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman T. Feather
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  1. 1.Discipline of Psychology School of SciencesThe Flinders University of South AustraliaAustralia

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