Comparing the Protestant work ethic in the employed and unemployed in Australia.

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Title Comparing the Protestant work ethic in the employed and unemployed in Australia.
Author Hassall, Stacey Lee; Muller, Juanita; Hassall, Emma
Journal Name Journal of Economic Psychology
Editor S. Kemp
Year Published 2005
Place of publication North-Holland, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract There has been considerable variation in suggestions by popular press and academic researchers that the Protestant work ethic (PWE) is on the decline or is changing. Surprisingly, research investigating the relationship between PWE beliefs and work-related variables is relatively recent, yet is important given its connection with numerous work attitudes and behaviours. Many PWE scales provide a unitary measure of the construct, despite evidence highlighting its multidimensionality. Using a sample of 206 employed and 193 unemployed participants, the present study investigated the relationship between work variables, such as the latent and manifest benefits of employment and specific PWE dimensions, and further sought to determine if these relationships significantly influenced the psychological well-being of these populations. It was found that analysing the separate dimensions of the PWE with the latent and manifest benefits of employment was valuable in better understanding the contribution each has to the psychological well-being of employed and unemployed individuals. Importantly, no differences existed between the employed and unemployed in their commitment to the values of the PWE.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 26
Issue Number 3
Edition June 2005
Page from 327
Page to 341
ISSN 0167-4870
Date Accessioned 2006-03-12
Date Available 2015-05-05T05:03:56Z
Language en_US
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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