A fall from grace: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of unemployment in UK university graduates with common mental health issues
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AbstractAn exploratory investigation into the experiences of unemployed university graduates with common mental health issues (i.e., depression and anxiety) was conducted using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Analysis of semi-structured interviews with 12 graduates in their twenties, all of whom had been unemployed between five and 24 months with common mental health issues, generated themes relating to ‘Loss of Expectation and Disorientation’, ‘Waste, Failure and Blame’, and ‘Stigma and Shame’. Participants had experienced a ‘Fall from Grace’ – a descent from a vaunted position of high-esteem and importance as university graduates, with seemingly bright prospects for a privileged future, into a lowly state of unemployment with mental health issues, leaving them feeling tarnished. These findings are discussed in relation to the literature on graduate unemployment, crisis and stigma, raising some practical issues for universities, including counselling services, and how they can better manage the transition to employment for their graduates.
CitationCockshott, C. , Kiemle, G. , Byrne, P. and Gabbay, M. (2021) A Fall from Grace: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Unemployment in UK University Graduates with Common Mental Health Issues. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 9(1), pp. 291-313. doi: 10.4236/jss.2021.91021.
PublisherScientific Research Publishing
JournalOpen Journal of Social Sciences
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