Explanations for unemployment in Great Britain and New Zealand

Adrian Furnham, Beryl Hesketh

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Previous research into lay explanations for unemployment has been primarily concerned with the structure and individual determinants of these attributions. This study set out to compare the explanations of comparable groups from Great Britain and New Zealand. Overall the British tended to rate societal explanations as more important, and individualistic explanations as less important, than New Zealanders. These results are discussed in terms of the social, political, and historical differences between the two countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-181
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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