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Coping with Occupational Transitions

An Empirical Study with Employees Facing Job Loss in Five European Countries

  • Editors
  • Thomas Kieselbach
  • Sebastiano Bagnara
  • Hans De Witte
  • Louis Lemkow
  • Wilmar Schaufeli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Introduction

    1. Thomas Kieselbach, Sebastiano Bagnara, Hans De Witte, Louis Lemkow, Wilmar Schaufeli
      Pages 9-12
  3. Comparative Report WP 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  4. National Reports

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Jan Vandoorne, Hans de Witte
      Pages 79-114
    3. Thomas Kieselbach, Gert Beelmann, Olaf Wagner
      Pages 115-167
    4. Ellen Heuven, Wilmar Schaufeli, Arnold Bakker
      Pages 169-223
    5. Sebastiano Bagnara, Leonardo Bargigli
      Pages 225-278
    6. Ramon Sentmartí, Josep Espluga, Louis Lemkow
      Pages 279-321
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-354

About this book


This volume assembles the main results of the EU research project "Social Convoy and Sustainable Employability: Innovative Strategies for Outplacement/Replacement Counselling" (SOCOSE) supported by GD Research of the European Commission (FP 5) in the programme "Improving the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base". The project was co-ordinated by Thomas Kieselbach from the University of Bremen.
The project is based on interdisciplinary research from five countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and The Netherlands), in which psychologists and social scientists analysed approaches of occupational transition counselling in the sense of a "social convoy" in the course of dismissal until successful reintegration into the labour market. The empirical research is based primarily on interviews with 250 employees who were affected by changing work environments ("insecure jobs") or who had previously lost their jobs and had found new employment through the help of outplacement/ replacement counselling ("successfully reemployed"). They were questioned with regard to their experiences, expectations and evaluation of the transition period also under the perspective of experienced injustices.
For each country innovative cases of good practice are analyzed where social actors joined in order to cope with redundancy, where specific strategies were developed, e. g. targeting vulnerable groups, or where employers expressed their social responsibility towards dismissed employees in a way that could set an example for the European debate.


Arbeitslosenforschung Europäische Union (EU) Exklusion Integration Intervention Interventionsmaßnahmen Jugend SOCOSE soziale Exklusion

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kieselbach is professor of Work and Health Psychology, head of the Institute for Psychology of Work, Unemployment and Health (IPG) at the University of Bremen (Germany) and member of the board of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH).
Prof. Dr. Sebastiano Bagnara is professor of Psychology at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Sassari at Alghero (Italy) and past general secretary of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).
Prof. Dr. Hans De Witte is professor of Work Psychology at the Department of Psychology (Research Group Work, Organisational & Personnel Psychology, WOPP) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).
Prof. Dr. Louis Lemkow is professor of Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) and director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology also at the UAB.
Prof. Dr. Wilmar Schaufeli is professor of Work and Organizational Psychology and director of the Research Institute Psychology and Health at the Universiteit Utrecht (The Netherlands).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Coping with Occupational Transitions
  • Book Subtitle An Empirical Study with Employees Facing Job Loss in Five European Countries
  • Editors Thomas Kieselbach
    Sebastiano Bagnara
    Hans De Witte
    Louis Lemkow
    Wilmar Schaufeli
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2009
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Science (German Language)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-531-15237-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-531-91694-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 354
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Science
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