Negative affectivity and responses to work stressors : an experimental study
O'Brien, Anne, Terry, Deborah J., & Jimmieson, Nerina L. (2008) Negative affectivity and responses to work stressors : an experimental study. Anxiety Stress and Coping, 21(1), pp. 55-83.
An experiment tested the hypothesis that individuals high in negative affectivity (NA) show increased stress reactivity to stressors. There were three predictor variables: NA (measured 1 week prior to experimental participation), and two manipulated variables—demand (high/low) and behavioral control (high/low). First-year psychology students (n=256) were randomly allocated to one of the four experimental conditions. Measures obtained were initial and post-task negative mood, coping strategies, task satisfaction, and performance (subjective and objective). Participants with high levels of NA reported more post-task negative mood in response to high demand conditions, compared to participants with low NA. A similar pattern of results emerged for task satisfaction, particularly in response to high demand-low behavioral control situations. Mediation analyses suggested this was because participants with high NA used more emotion-focused coping strategies. The study provides support for the stress reactivity role of NA in the stressor-strain process.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Negative affectivity, stress reactivity, demand, control, coping strategies|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Deposited On:||18 May 2014 22:29|
|Last Modified:||18 Mar 2015 03:23|
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