An experimental study of the effects of work stress, work control, and task information on adjustment

Jimmieson, Nerina L. & Terry, Deborah J. (1998) An experimental study of the effects of work stress, work control, and task information on adjustment. Applied Psychology, 47(3), pp. 343-369.

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Abstract

The present study was designed to examine the main and interactive effects of task demands, work control, and task information on levels of adjustment. Task demands, work control, and task information were manipulated in an experimental setting where participants completed a letter-sorting activity (N= 128). Indicators of adjustment included measures of positive mood, participants' perceptions of task performance, and task satisfaction. Results of the present study provided some support for the main effects of objective task demands, work control, and task information on levels of adjustment. At the subjective level of analysis, there was some evidence to suggest that work control and task information interacted in their effects on levels of adjustment. There was minimal support for the proposal that work control and task information would buffer the negative effects of task demands on adjustment. There was, however, some evidence to suggest that the stress-buffering role of subjective work control was more marked at high, rather than low, levels of subjective task information.

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ID Code: 85932
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Work Stress, Work Control, Task Information, Adjustment
DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-0597.1998.tb00033.x
ISSN: 1464-0597
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
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2015 00:44
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 06:02

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