Economics at your fingertips  

Living in Liquid Times: The Relationships among Job Insecurity, Life Uncertainty, and Psychosocial Well-Being

Antonio Chirumbolo (), Antonino Callea and Flavio Urbini
Additional contact information
Antonio Chirumbolo: Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy
Antonino Callea: Department of Humanities, LUMSA University, 00193 Rome, Italy
Flavio Urbini: Department of Humanities, LUMSA University, 00193 Rome, Italy

IJERPH, 2022, vol. 19, issue 22, 1-20

Abstract: Stress research has widely documented how uncertainty represents a strong stressor that, in general, is negatively associated with well-being. While the literature on job insecurity about this topic is extensive and exhaustive, empirical research on the outcomes of life uncertainty, namely the perception and feeling of precariousness regarding the present and future of one’s own life, is yet to be fully explored. In the present paper, we aimed to investigate the relationships among job insecurity, life uncertainty, and psychosocial well-being outcomes, specifically, with a focus on job satisfaction and burnout. The participants were 357 workers (M = 146 and F = 211), with an average age of 41.78 y.o. (SD = 13.49), who completed an online questionnaire containing, in addition to sociodemographics information, measures of the study variables, namely job insecurity, life uncertainty, job satisfaction, and burnout. The results pointed out negative relationships of both job insecurity and life uncertainty with individual well-being, as they were negatively associated with job satisfaction and positively related to burnout. In a path analysis with latent variables, life uncertainty proved to fully mediate the relationship between job insecurity and psychosocial well-being.

Keywords: job insecurity; life uncertainty; psychosocial well-being; COVID-19 pandemic (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I I1 I3 Q Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf) (text/html)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Access Statistics for this article

IJERPH is currently edited by Ms. Arlene Chen

More articles in IJERPH from MDPI
Bibliographic data for series maintained by MDPI Indexing Manager ().

Page updated 2023-05-18
Handle: RePEc:gam:jijerp:v:19:y:2022:i:22:p:15225-:d:976490