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The experience of reemployment following a period of unemployment Williams, Linda J.A.


This study investigated the experience of reemployment along with helpful and hindering events inherent in the experience. Fourteen co-researchers were interviewed. They were selected from contacts within various agencies that worked with the unemployed. Participants were asked to describe their unemployment-turned-reemployment experience. The experience of reemployment following a period of unemployment was studied using an open-ended, unstructured interview method with an approach also designed to elicit helpful and hindering events. This technique was developed by Borgen and Amundson (1984). The interviews were taped, transcribed and used as the data for this study. The major patterns of experience were described as were the coping strategies employed; co-researchers' expectations of the future, and events that either helped or hindered the reemployed person's adjustment process over time.

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