The effects of duration to obtain a first job on mature and immature self-defense mechanisms among recent graduates

Getrude Cosmas and Patricia Joseph Kimong and Wanda Kiyah George Albert (2023) The effects of duration to obtain a first job on mature and immature self-defense mechanisms among recent graduates. Southeast Asia Psychology Journal, 11. pp. 45-59.

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Obtaining a job after graduation in today’s job market is quite challenging. Some graduates obtain a job during an internship while others do not secure their first job for a few months or even years. The length of time it takes to obtain a job might affect graduates in coping with job demands. To examine this phenomenon, a study involving 189 graduates was conducted. The study predicted that the duration of a graduate’s job search would affect their mature and immature self-defense mechanisms. The study also examined the difference between graduates with matched and mismatched jobs in using immature and immature self-defense. The study found that taking a longer time to get the first job negatively affects one’s mature self-defense, while there are no significant effects on the immature self-defense mechanism. This study showed that graduates who obtain jobs earlier after graduating tend to apply mature self-defense mechanisms (e.g., sublimation, humor, anticipation, & suppression) compared those who obtain job only after a longer duration. Regarding the differences between the two groups of graduates in using each self-defense mechanisms, the study found no significant difference. The findings showed that the mature psychological self-defense mechanism was more frequently used among graduates who get jobs sooner after graduation than among those who obtain jobs after a longer search. The study findings may help employed graduates to understand their self-defense mechanisms in adapting to their work environment based on the start of their first job.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Graduates, Self-Defense Mechanisms, Job
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-9999 Industries. Land use. Labor > HD4801-8943 Labor. Work. Working class
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB5-3640 Theory and practice of education > LB2300-2430 Higher education > LB2371-2372 Graduate education
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Psychology and Education
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 09:40
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 09:40

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