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Emotional Reactions in the Unemployed during Economic Recession in Greece,
UNEM Psychometric Scale.
Aim of Research
Emotional Reactions in the Unemployed during Economic Recession in Greece, UNEM Scale. The main concept of the majority of interventions for the unemployed is to teach them and underline their job search skills (Rife 1994, Maysent 1995). Contemporary job loss approaches and interventions systematically disregard the personal meaning of emotions and events for the unemployed people.
Unemployment in 2015 does not concentrate on specific groups in the population as all workers are threatened as result of the European financial crisis. The present high unemployment rate in all European countries reminds that we have a lot to be modest about since the main reason of unemployment is not anymore the job opportunity and skill obsolescence (Bartley 2010). In order to understand the relationship between emotions, long term unemployment and the use of those emotions in unemployed peoples' everyday life, we need to be able to effectively assess them.
The Emotional Unemployment Scale (UNEM Scale) was theoretically derived by literature on emotions rather than empirically generated. There have been many studies indicating the effect of economic recession on mental health and the deterioration of psychological health in the unemployed. Emotions prepare the organism to deal with important events in their lives.
Emotional expression in the unemployed, however, is under-researched and measures of the specific target construct do not exist. Thus the primary aim was to create a measure and further, to reduce the items in a more manageable manner, drop items that confuse research participants and add new ones to improve the scale according to participants' responses, in order to be user-friendly, simple to score and widely used towards unemployed people.