Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Chung-Yan, Gregory (Psychology)

Keywords

Psychology, Industrial.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Recent research investigations indicate that academic work-stress is a significant and growing problem for university professors, with numerous ill effects. General work-stress studies suggest that social support may buffer the negative effect of occupational demands. However, research examining the role of social support on academic work-stress is lacking. The present investigation examined how social support at work from various sources (i.e., colleagues, Department Head, and University Administration) affects the stress experience of university faculty. Questionnaires assessing academic stressors, workplace social support, and several strains were administered to professors of various ranks and specialties. Results indicate that social support at work moderates the stressor-strain relationship of university faculty. However, the moderation effects depend on the type of stressor experienced. Limitations, implications and future research directions are discussed.

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