This study examined the influence of psychological capital on job search among displaced employees. On the basis of a sample of 179 retrenched professionals, managers, executives, and technicians, we found that psychological capital (self-efficacy, hope, optimism, and resilience) was positively related with displaced employees' level of perceived employability, a coping resource. Perceived employability was positively related with problem-focused and symptom-focused coping strategies. Whereas problem-focused coping was positively related with preparatory and active job search, symptom-focused coping strategy was not. The relationship between psychological capital and preparatory and active job search was mediated by perceived employability and problem-focused coping. Implications of our findings are discussed.
Human Resources Management | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Wiley: 24 months
CHEN, Jiaqing and LIM, Vivien K. G..
Strength in adversity: The influence of psychological capital on job search. (2012). Journal of Organizational Behavior. 33, (6), 811-839. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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