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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
Print version ISSN 0258-5200


VERMEULEN, Dean; GRAUPNER, Lené I.  and  JONKER, Bouwer E.. Mental health and corporate social responsibility for industrial psychology. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2019, vol.45, n.1, pp.1-10. ISSN 2071-0763.

ORIENTATION: Organisations must do whatever it takes to ensure sustainability and longevity, and extend benefits into the communities where they operateRESEARCH PURPOSE: The general aim of this study was to explore the contribution that the profession of industrial psychology can make towards improving mental health by means of a CSR programmeMOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: This study was motivated by the notion that, in South Africa, organisations are encouraged to be socially responsible and Industrial-organisational Psychology (IOP) can be of service to this goal for the organisation.RESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: A qualitative research design with a combination of purposive and convenience sampling was utilised. Participants consisted of the project team who participated in a training institution's CSR initiative in the North West province. Data gathering took place in the form of semi-structured in-depth interviews, which were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis.MAIN FINDINGS: The results showed that typical IOP topics that could be formulated into a CSR programme included life skills and topics related to personal growth and self-worth. The results also showed that universities are able to play a vital part in community engagement, and an inter-relationship of benefits can be establishedPRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: The research indicates that industrial and organisational psychologists could also contribute to organisations when they operate in the CSR scope.CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: On an individual level, this study contributed to clarify the understanding whether IOP has a place in social investment and contributions.

Keywords : Corporate social responsibility; Mental health; Industrial psychology; Career counselling; Workplace counselling; Young adults.

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