Approaching Unemployment & Resilience
Thematic cluster
Salzburger Anstösse 2010

Micro-level: The resilient unemployed

The most recent wave of resilience research is “characterized by a focus on multilevel analysis and the dynamics of adaptation and change. Resilience is defined as a broad systems construct, referring to the capacity of dynamic systems to withstand or recover from significant disturbances.”(Ann S. Masten, Development and Psychopathology, Vol. 19, 2007)

One of these dynamic systems observable is the human individual itself. Although driven jointly by internal and external factors, we want to focus discussion on the individual, eclipsing external factors as much as possible. Successful ways of handling difficult situations have formed the ground of resilience- research for the last decades, some of them with promising results.
(Imminent) Unemployment is a specifically critical situation and bears multitudinous ways of reaction. At the Salzburger Anstösse 2010 we address questions concerning people in this particular situation, that not necessarily is or has to stay a time of crisis:

  • What personal qualities could predict resilience of unemployed people?
  • What difference does it make if subgroups such as youth, 45+, asylum seekers and gender are considered?
  • How could resilient qualities be strengthened even before the crisis occurs? Consider therapeutic- and training programs. Where can motivational forces come from? Does this bear toeholds for strengthening resilience?

Meso-level: Resilient Enterprise

Macro-level: Political framework for a resilient society

Salzburger Anstöße 2010: Unemployment and Resilience