Weathington, Bart L.
O'Leary, Brian J.; Cunningham; Christopher J. L.
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Research supports optimism as a predictor of how well individuals are able to cope with stress (Chang, Rand, & Strunk, 2007; Riolli & Savicki, 2003). Additionally perceived inequity is considered as a stressor (Taris, Peeters, Le Blanc, Scheurs, & Schaufeli, 2001) and the extent to which individuals perceive inequity is determined by equity sensitivity (Miles, Hatfield, Huseman, 1989). The present research proposes a new framework in which the relationship between optimism and feelings of inequity is moderated by equity sensitivity. The final part of the framework analyzes perceived inequity’s relationship to perceived stress. The results indicated that optimism’s relationship was actually mediated by positive affect. There was mixed support for a significant interaction between optimism and equity sensitivity in its relationship to perceived inequity. Perceived inequity was a predictor of stress.
M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.
Equity; Optimism; Stress (Psychology)
Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology
x, 41 leaves
Dalluge, James William, "The moderating role of equity sensitivity on the optimism and stress relationship" (2012). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.