Committee Chair

Cunningham, Christopher J. L.

Committee Member

O'Leary, Brian J.; Weathington, Bart

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Chronic, negative, uninterrupted stress, specifically in the workplace, can lead to a variety of health issues as well as decreased job satisfaction and increased intentions to turnover within an organization. An important part of managing this negative stress is identifying the specific factors that contribute to it. The present study focuses on the negative consequences of occupational stress by identifying the work design characteristics that influence an individual’s perception of resource drain or gain and, ultimately, occupational stress. It is hypothesized that positive task characteristics, knowledge characteristics, social characteristics, and work context associated with the work environment will negatively correlate with an individual’s perception of occupational stress and that this relationship will be mediated by resource drain or gain. A mediation analysis was conducted and partial support was found for all indirect effects between work design characteristics and occupational stress through an employee’s perception of resource drain or gain.

Degree

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.

Date

5-2013

Subject

Stress (Psychology); Job stress

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

ix, 64 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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