Regulatory focus moderates the relationship between task control and physiological and psychological markers of stress : a work simulation study
Parker, Stacey L., Laurie, Kaitlan R., Newton, Cameron J., & Jimmieson, Nerina L. (2014) Regulatory focus moderates the relationship between task control and physiological and psychological markers of stress : a work simulation study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94(3), pp. 390-398.
This experiment examined whether trait regulatory focus moderates the effects of task control on stress reactions during a demanding work simulation. Regulatory focus describes two ways in which individuals self-regulate toward desired goals: promotion and prevention. As highly promotion-focused individuals are oriented toward growth and challenge, it was expected that they would show better adaptation to demanding work under high task control. In contrast, as highly prevention-focused individuals are oriented toward safety and responsibility they were expected to show better adaptation under low task control. Participants (N = 110) completed a measure of trait regulatory focus and then three trials of a demanding inbox activity under either low, neutral, or high task control. Heart rate variability (HRV), affective reactions (anxiety & task dissatisfaction), and task performance were measured at each trial. As predicted, highly promotion-focused individuals found high (compared to neutral) task control stress-buffering for performance. Moreover, highly prevention-focused individuals found high (compared to low) task control stress-exacerbating for dissatisfaction. In addition, highly prevention-focused individuals found low task control stress-buffering for dissatisfaction, performance, and HRV. However, these effects of low task control for highly prevention-focused individuals depended on their promotion focus.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Regulatory Focus, Task Control, Heart Rate Variability, Occupational Stress, Work Simulation, Task Performance|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Deposited On:||16 Nov 2014 23:51|
|Last Modified:||04 Jan 2016 11:40|
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