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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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MIRANDA, Margarida Mayara Moura; MEDEIROS, Maria Wilma da Silva Dantas de  and  COELHO-LIMA, Fellipe. The experience of termination for unemployed workers in the northeastern countryside region. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2021, vol.21, n.1, pp. 1398-1406. ISSN 1984-6657.

Termination is a dramatic situation that introduces the condition of unemployment to workers, leading to psychosocial consequences for them. The objective of this study was to analyze the experience of unemployed workers concerning termination in countryside towns. Based on historical-cultural psychology, in-depth interviews were conducted with 21 participants addressing the process of termination, the characteristics of their last job, and the experience of termination in itself; analyzing its singularities, uniqueness, and universality. The experiences were heterogeneous regarding the dramatic aspect of the termination's conflict, and were mediated by three main determiners: 1) the previous notice of termination, allowing time for planning and the workers' emotional detachment from their context of work; 2) the hope to get a new job or source of income; and 3) the appreciation of other parts of their lives, especially family. The findings reinforce the importance of the notice of termination, of unemployment insurance, and of organizational actions that construct post-termination work projects with the terminated workers.

Keywords : unemployment; urban environments; historic-cultural psychology.

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