Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs
A MULTICULTURAL STUDY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF GRIEF FOLLOWING INVOLUNTARY JOB LOSS
by DIANE BYRD LACEN
B. A., English, The University of New Mexico, 1989 M. A., Secondary Education, The University of New Mexico, 1996 M. A., Counseling and Guidance, New Mexico Highlands University, 2005 Ph.D., Counselor Education, The University of New Mexico, 2020
Unemployment affects many individuals and families in today’s world. This qualitative multiple-case study design examined how individuals from diverse backgrounds experienced grief following involuntary job loss. A purposeful sampling consisted of nine adults who represented the multicultural diversity in New Mexico. Triangulation of methods included comparing and cross-checking data collected through initial and follow-up phenomenological interviews and a focus group. Findings from this study indicated that a job is a relationship which is influenced by culture, commitment, relationship factors, and external factors. Loss of the job relationship impacted self and work identity. The impact of the perceptions of changing identity and loss of identity as well as the loss of relationship resulted in grief manifestations. Information learned from this study may directly help those who work with grief and, more specifically, involuntary job loss and grief. It may serve to highlight relevant counseling needs. In addition, this study may serve to inform and serve the population who experienced this as a result of COVID-19.
unemployment, grief, multicultural, counseling, relationship
Level of Degree
Individual, Family, and Community Education
First Committee Member (Chair)
Kristopher Michael Goodrich, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Jean Keim, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Jenna Crabb, Ph.D.
Fourth Committee Member
Pisarn Chamcharatsri, Ph.D.
Lacen, Diane. "A Multicultural Study of the Experience of Grief Following Involuntary Job Loss." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_ifce_etds/118