Role stress reexamined: An investigation of role stress predictors

T. J. Newton, A. Keenan

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    R. L. Kahn, R. P. Wolfe, R. P. Quinn, J. D. Snock, and R. A. Rosenthal (1964, Organizational Stress: Studies in Role Conflict and Ambiguity, New York: Wiley) distinguished three different types of predictor of role stress; personal, interpersonal, and organizational. Based on a sample of young professional engineers this investigation studied the relationship betwen these three types of predictor and four forms of role stress (role conflict, role ambiguity, quantitative role overload, qualitative role underload). The relationship was studied both within each predictor set and between each predictor set. Employing bivariate and multiple regression analyses, variables were identified within each predictor set which were significantly predictive of role stress. In addition, comparison was made between the sets of predictor variables selected and between each of the four role stresses that were studied. The results support the relevance of personal, interpersonal, and organizational predictors to role stress, as well as suggesting that role stress researchers should pay more attention to differentiating between varying forms of role Stress. © 1987.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)346-368
    Number of pages23
    JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1987


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