The Joint Role of Locus of Control and Perceived Financial Need in Job Search

14 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2008

Abstract

Guided by economic rational choice theory and the behavioral-coping literature, the present study examined contrasting perspectives of the role of job-search locus of control (JSLOC) and perceived financial need in predicting job-search intensity. Data were collected in two independent studies in the Netherlands and in the United States, both using a two-wave longitudinal design. Results from both studies suggested that job seekers with external JSLOC and high perceived financial need engaged in more intense search behavior to compensate for anticipated difficulties in finding employment. Findings suggested that stress may mediate this relation, and may play a positive role in the job-search process.

Suggested Citation

van Hooft, Edwin A. J. and Crossley, Craig D., The Joint Role of Locus of Control and Perceived Financial Need in Job Search. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 258-271, September 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1242517 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2008.00432.x

Edwin A. J. Van Hooft (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam

Spui 21
Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

Craig D. Crossley

Independent

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