Exploring and validating the internal dimensions of occupational stress: Evidence from construction cost estimators in China

Xiong, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, & Xia, Bo (2015) Exploring and validating the internal dimensions of occupational stress: Evidence from construction cost estimators in China. Construction Management and Economics, 33(5-6), pp. 495-507.

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A recurring feature of modern practice is occupational stress of project professionals, with both debilitating effects on the people concerned and indirectly affecting project success. Previous research outside the construction industry has involved the use of a psychology perceived stress questionnaire (PSQ) to measure occupational stress, resulting in the identification of one stressor – demand - and three sub-dimensional emotional reactions in terms of worry, tension and joy. The PSQ is translated into Chinese with a back translation technique and used in a survey of young construction cost professionals in China. Principal component analysis and confirmatory factor analysis are used to test the divisibility of occupational stress - little mentioned in previous research on stress in the construction context. In addition, structural equation modelling is used to assess nomological validity by testing the effects of the three dimensions on organizational commitment, the main finding of which is that lack of joy has the sole significant effect. The three-dimensional measurement framework facilitates the standardizing measurement of occupational stress. Further research will establish if the findings are also applicable in other settings and explore the relations between stress dimensions and other managerial concepts.

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ID Code: 84693
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Occupational stress, principal component analysis, structural equation modelling, cost estimators, China
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2015.1050967
ISSN: 1466-433X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics on June 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01446193.2015.1050967
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2015 23:55
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2017 04:25

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