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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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ROLIM, Kamêni Iung et al. Social skills of unemployed workers from a region of leather and footwear industries. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.2, pp. 403-422. ISSN 1808-4281.

Within some contexts, there is a trend of explaining unemployment levels exclusively from the workers´ personal characteristics by referring the socially divulged idea that unemployed people have deficits of social skills. The current paper aimed at discussing the employment ability issue by outlining the features of the unemployed workers´ profile and by measuring their levels of Social Skills (SS). A total of one hundred unemployed people participated of the study. A social, bio- and demographic questionnaire as well as an adapted Inventory of Social Skills (ISS) were applied to each subject individually. In both the descriptive analysis and the analysis of difference between averages, one found out that the participants did not show deficits in the measured skills when compared to the population in general. The study suggests that the SS levels are not enough to explain the approached phenomenon and proposes reflections starting from the concept of employment skills.

Palavras-chave : Unemployment; Employment ability; Social skills.

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