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The psychological impact of industrial strikes: Does involvement in union activity during strikes make a difference?

Fowler, Jane, Gudmundsson, Amanda, & Whicker, leanne (2009) The psychological impact of industrial strikes: Does involvement in union activity during strikes make a difference? Journal of Industrial Relations, 51(2), pp. 227-243.

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Abstract

The current study investigated the psychological impact of a United Steelworkers of America strike on the steelworkers involved, and the relationship between psychological well-being and individuals' levels of involvement in union activity during the strike. Three hundred and fifty-one steelworkers (302 strikers' and 49non-strikers') completed surveys measuring a range of demographic and psychological well-being variables. Strikers, compared to non-strikers, reported higher levels of depression, anxiety, and irritation, and lower levels of mental health. For strikers, engaging in higher levels of union activity during the strike was associated with better psychological well-being. Jahoda's theory of deprivation during unemployment is used as the lens through which to explain some of the results, supporting the view that latent benefits associated with work are important for psychological well-being. A range of practical implications are offered for unions and their members.

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ID Code: 43154
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: industrial strike, psychological effects of strike, psychological effects on strikers, USW strike
DOI: 10.1177/0022185608101709
ISSN: 0022-1856
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2011 23:10
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 12:07

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