Title

Differences in Psychological and Physical Health Among Layoff Survivors: The Effect of Layoff Contact

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Publication Title

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

Department

Sociology & Anthropology

Abstract

This study examined health and well-being among workers who have experienced varying types of contact with layoffs in an organization undergoing downsizing. Using survey data from a large organization employing both white- and blue-collar workers (N? =?2,279), the authors argued that there are important differences among surviving workers as a function of their layoff experiences. Having any kind of personal contact with layoffs is found to be associated with less job security, more symptoms of poor health, depression, and eating changes as compared with having no layoff contact. Being laid off and rehired is associated with more work-related injuries and illnesses and missed work days due to such events than is receiving a "warn" notice, indirect contact (i.e., friends. or coworkers laid off), or no contact with layoffs. Job security partially mediates the relationship between type of layoff contact experiences and health.

Volume

6

Issue

1

pp.

15-25

ISSN

1076-8998