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The relationship between work-related stress and job satisfaction: The moderating effect of self-compassion

Pellengahr, J. M. (2017) The relationship between work-related stress and job satisfaction: The moderating effect of self-compassion.

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Abstract:Each year, work related stress causes economical costs of approximately 4,2 billion Euro. Simultaneously to the increase of work-related stress, job satisfaction experienced a constant decrease over the past years. One’s working hours cover a big part of life and thus it is important to achieve high job satisfaction in terms of not having excessive stress. This study focuses on the moderating impact that self-compassion might have on the relationship between work-related stress and job satisfaction. Based on the Job Demands-Resources model, it can be suggested that self-compassion might function as a personal resource that buffers against the impact which work-related stressors have on individual outcomes such as job satisfaction. Self-compassion is already known to reduce stress and to be beneficial for one’s well-being and therefore thought to benefit that just mentioned relationship. Employed people were surveyed about their levels of work-related stress, self-compassion and job satisfaction. Then correlations were computed, such as a regression analysis and a moderation analysis, using the path model with an interaction term between work-related stress and self-compassion. The results revealed that work-related stress affects 21% of job satisfaction, which got supported by results of other studies. Further, there was no significant moderation effect of self-compassion on that relationship, which might be due to the discovery of a weak correlation between work-related stress and self-compassion. This leads then to the assumption that self-compassion might play a different role on work-related stress than expected within this study. An implication of these results is that it is important to focus more on the factors that trigger work-related stress. Furthermore, it would be highly valuable to investigate if self-compassion functions as personal resource as the Job Demands-Resource model suggests, in order to aid work-related stress and then over long term also job satisfaction.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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