Attachment Avoidance and Attachment Anxiety as Individual Characteristics Affecting Job Search Behavior

M. Leenders (Corresponding author), A.P. Buunk, K. Henkens

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Abstract

In this study, the relationship was investigated between attachment avoidance and attachment anxiety on the one hand, and job search intention, job search self-efficacy, job search self-esteem, and job search attitude on the other hand. Our sample consisted of 180 employees from an international industrial organization in the Netherlands. Results showed that attachment avoidance had a larger impact on the job search process than attachment anxiety. More avoidantly attached people had lower job search intentions, lower job search self-efficacy, and more negative job search attitudes. Attachment avoidance had an effect on job search intentions through job search self-efficacy and job search attitude but not through job search self-esteem. Attachment anxiety had no effect on job search intention through job search self-efficacy, job search self-esteem, and job search attitude. Attachment style is discussed as individual characteristic that impacts the job search process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-501
JournalJournal of Career Development
Volume46
Issue number5
Early online date21 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • attachement avoidance
  • attachement anxiety
  • job search

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