A lifespan perspective on emotion regulation, stress, and well-being in the workplace

Scheibe, Susanne & Zacher, Hannes (2013) A lifespan perspective on emotion regulation, stress, and well-being in the workplace. In Pamela, L. Perrewe, Jonathon, R.B. Halbesleben, & Christopher, C. Rosen (Eds.) The Role of Emotion and Emotion Regulation in Job Stress and Well Being. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bradford, England, pp. 163-193.

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Researchers in the field of occupational stress and well-being are increasingly interested in the role of emotion regulation in the work context. Emotion regulation has also been widely investigated in the area of lifespan developmental psychology, with findings indicating that the ability to modify one's emotions represents a domain in which age-related growth is possible. In this chapter, we integrate the literatures on aging, emotion regulation, and occupational stress and well-being. To this end, we review key theories and empirical findings in each of these areas, summarize existing research on age, emotion regulation, and stress and well-being at work, and develop a conceptual model on how aging affects emotion regulation and the stress process in work settings to guide future research. According to the model, age will affect:

(1) what kinds of affective work events are encountered and how often;

(2) the appraisal of and initial emotional response to affective work events (emotion generation), and;

(3) the management of emotions and coping with affective work events (emotion regulation).

The model has implications for researchers and practitioners who want to understand and facilitate successful emotion regulation and stress reduction in the workplace among different age groups.

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ID Code: 92360
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Age, Aging, Emotion regulation, Lifespan, Stress, Well-being
DOI: 10.1108/S1479-3555(2013)0000011010
ISBN: 9781781905852
ISSN: 1479-3555
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: 08 Feb 2016 00:26
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 22:01

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