Interactive relationships among multiple dimensions of professional commitment: Implications for stress outcomes in lawyers

Bergin, Adele J. & Jimmieson, Nerina L. (2015) Interactive relationships among multiple dimensions of professional commitment: Implications for stress outcomes in lawyers. Journal of Career Development, 42(6), pp. 493-510.

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The purpose of this study was to examine the main and interactive effects of four dimensions of professional commitment on strain (i.e., depression, anxiety, perceived health status, and job dissatisfaction) for a sample of 176 law professionals. The study utilized a two-wave design in which professional commitment and strain were measured at Time 1 and strain was measured again at Time 2 (T2), 2 months later. A significant two-way interaction indicated that high affective commitment was related to less T2 job dissatisfaction only for lawyers with low accumulated costs. A significant four-way interaction indicated that high affective professional commitment was only related to fewer symptoms of T2 anxiety for lawyers with high normative professional commitment and both low limited alternatives and accumulated costs. A similar pattern of results emerged in regard to T2 perceived health status. The theoretical and practical implications of these results for career counselors are discussed.

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ID Code: 82970
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Affective, Normative, Continuance Professional Commitment, Strain, Lawyers
DOI: 10.1177/0894845315577448
ISSN: 1573-3548
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: 30 Mar 2015 02:39
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2016 01:00

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