Predicting occupational role choices after involuntary job loss

Angelo J. Kinicki

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Involuntary job loss is not expected to abate and research has not examined the process by which displaced workers choose to pursue a work role (find another job) or nonwork role like retirement or going back to school. Longitudinal data were obtained from 126 employees 1 month prior to being permanently displaced. Within-subjects analyses then were used to test the ability of a behavioral choice model of motivation to predict behavioral intention to look for another job, effort in looking, and actual behavior/role choice 18 months later. The behavioral choice model significantly predicted all criteria. This study also investigated the determinants of displaced workers' expectancies for obtaining a new job. Expectancy for obtaining a job was inversely related with age, and positively with education, self-esteem, and the expectation of losing one's job. Practical and theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-218
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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