General belongingness, workplace belongingness, and depressive symptoms

Cockshaw, Wendell D., Shochet, Ian M., & Obst, Patricia L. (2012) General belongingness, workplace belongingness, and depressive symptoms. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

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Abstract

Research has shown that a strong relationship exists between belongingness and depressive symptoms; however, the contribution of specific types of belongingness remains unknown. Participants (N=369) completed the sense of belonging instrument, psychological sense of organizational membership, and the depression scale of the depression anxiety stress scales. Factor analysis demonstrated that workplace and general belongingness are distinct constructs. When regressed onto depressive symptoms, these belongingness types made independent contributions, together accounting for 45% of variance, with no moderation effects evident. Hence, general belongingness and specific workplace belongingness appear to have strong additive links to depressive symptoms. These results add support to the belongingness hypothesis and sociometer theory and have significant implication for depression prevention and treatment

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ID Code: 56876
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)
Keywords: general belongingness, workplace belongingness, connectedness, depressive symptoms
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2121
ISSN: 1099-1298
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2013 22:52
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:29

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