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Teresa Rothausen of the University of St. Thomas will present "Coping with Identity and Well-Being Threat in Turnover."
Teresa Rothausen of the University of St. Thomas will present “Coping with Identity and Well-Being Threat in Turnover: A Cyclical Life Quest Process” on Friday, April 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 2-213 Carlson School.
Analysis of data from in-depth interviews using grounded theory methods reveals a cyclical turnover process. This process includes two levels of assessment cycles, triggered in many cases by perceived threats from the job to core elements of identity and well-being across life domains. Perceived threats lead to psychophysiological strain and coping, often in repeated cycles, and successful coping results in retention until another threat is perceived.
Unsuccessful coping results in retention while repeated cycles of assessment, strain, and coping occur, or in voluntary turnover. By coping, individuals endeavor to reduce or remove threats, including by trying to craft the job, build support, research other jobs, personally reflect, and develop fantasies of life in the current job and imagined alternatives projected into the future.
Based on this model, Rothausen proposes that psychophysiological strain caused by perceived threat of the job to identity and well-being, and the number, intensity, and duration of coping cycles as predictors of turnover. Overall, these findings suggest turnover is part of the lifelong quest for positive, congruent identity and holistic well-being.
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