TH-P01-066 - THE SENSE OF BELONGING: COPING EFFECTIVELY WITH LABOUR MARKET CHANGES

Track:
Coping and social support
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Employee stress and burnout
Coping and social support
TH-P01-066
The sense of belonging: Copiing effectively with labour maket changes
A. Wilczynska 1,*
1Departament of Psychology and Humanities, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Krakow, Poland
 
Content: The concept of a sense of belonging expresses our personal engagement in important social systems, i.e. professional work environment. The sense of belonging gives somebody the feeling that he or she is a valuable person who fits in well and is an integral part of the group. The sense of belonging leads to better achievements in school and jobs, improved health and well-being.
New challenging changes in the current labour market, i.e. downsizing, job insecurity, employment elasticity, temporary jobs, and high competition put people in situations where they risk social exclusion.
The aim of this study was to describe the relationships between the need for a sense of belonging and symptoms of depression and how these affect a person’s capacity to cope with stressful situations caused by challenging changes in the labour market.
We used path analysis of data collected from 178 individuals of both genders.
The results show direct patterns in which both depression symptoms and life satisfaction depend on an appreciable sense of belonging. The need to belong influences, in a robust and direct way, the ability to cope, focused on the search for social support. Undertaking active strategies of coping, including confronting challenging and stressful situations, depends on having a sense of belonging. The sense of belonging correlates positively with life satisfaction and negatively with depression, which additionally strengthens the process of coping in challenging situations. An essential role is played by the sense of belonging in leading individuals to undertake active and effective coping strategies, while negative attitudes lead to alcohol and drugs using.
Our research results reveal the necessity of enhancing and supporting the sense of belonging as a significant protector and predictor of effective coping with challenging new phenomena in the labour market.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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