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Economic Stressors
Economic stressors
Tahira M.Probst

To do nothing may be to be nothing for many Americans.

Judge and Hulin (1993, p. 413)

In an era of record unemployment, massive layoffs, and a sluggish economy, many of today's workers face the economic stressors of unemployment, underemployment, and job insecurity. Although each of these three stressors is conceptually distinct, they do have similar antecedents and consequences associated with them. As the quote by Judge and Hulin above suggests, a person's job is one of the most important mechanisms through which he or she gains a sense of identity. Whether that job is threatened (as with job insecurity), compromised financially with respect to status (as with underemployment), or lost (as with unemployment), theory and empirical research overwhelmingly suggest that the resulting ...

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