Identification and occupational stress : a stress-buffering perspective

Newton, Cameron J. & Teo, Stephen (2014) Identification and occupational stress : a stress-buffering perspective. Human Resource Management, 53(1), pp. 89-113.

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Occupational stress research has consistently demonstrated many negative effects of work stressors on employee adjustment (i.e., job-related attitudes and health). Considerable literature also describes potential moderators of this relationship. While research has revealed that different workplace identifications can have significant positive effects on employee adjustment, it has neglected to investigate their potential stress-buffering effects. Based on identity theories, it was predicted that stress-buffering effects of different types of identifications (distal versus proximal) would be revealed when the identification type and employee adjustment outcome type (distal versus proximal) were congruent. Predictions were tested with an employee sample from five human service nonprofit organizations (N = 337). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses revealed that main and moderated effects relating to identification supported the notion that occupational stress would be reduced when there was congruence of distal and proximal identifications and distal and proximal outcome types. However, stress-buffering effects were also found for high identifiers and low identifiers that were not in line with hypotheses posing questions for the definitions of distal and proximal identifications. Findings are discussed in terms of theoretical and practical implications.

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ID Code: 65964
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Organizational Indentication, Stress, Attitudes, Employee Adjustment
DOI: 10.1002/hrm.21598
ISSN: 0090-4848
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Copyright Statement: This is the accepted version of the following article: Newton, C. and Teo, S. (2014), Identification and Occupational Stress: A Stress-Buffering Perspective. Hum. Resour. Manage., 53: 89–113. doi: 10.1002/hrm.21598, which has been published in final form at
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2014 01:29
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 10:21

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