Individual differences in responses to workplace stress: The contribution of attachment theory

Johnstone, Melissa and Feeney, Judith A (2015) Individual differences in responses to workplace stress: The contribution of attachment theory. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45 7: 412-424. doi:10.1111/jasp.12308


Author Johnstone, Melissa
Feeney, Judith A
Title Individual differences in responses to workplace stress: The contribution of attachment theory
Journal name Journal of Applied Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1559-1816
0021-9029
Publication date 2015-03-16
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jasp.12308
Volume 45
Issue 7
Start page 412
End page 424
Total pages 13
Place of publication Hoboken, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc
Abstract Work stress is a major cause of physical and psychological distress, and both theory and research highlight the importance of individual differences in coping efforts. The present research clarifies the mechanisms linking attachment insecurities (anxiety and avoidance) to maladaptive coping; specifically, we tested an integrative model assessing stress appraisals as a mediator between attachment insecurities and coping strategies, together with mediating and moderating effects of coping resources (perceived self-efficacy and social support). A community sample of 113 men and 115 women completed an online survey which incorporated a standardized vignette depicting workplace stress. The results supported stress appraisal as a mediator between attachment anxiety and less adaptive coping, and established both mediating and moderating effects of perceived coping resources. The effects support the relevance of attachment theory to the study of workplace stress.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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