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Reference: Chay, Yue Wah, (1990). Stress, individual differences, and social support. DPhil. University of Oxford.Citable link to this page:


Stress, individual differences, and social support

Abstract: This thesis is concerned with the role of individual differences in personality andsocial support in mitigating work-related stress. The model of work stress described byHouse (1981) served as a general theoretical framework for two questionnaire studies ofwhite-collar workers carried out in the course of this research. The present work alsodraws upon the demand-discretion model developed by Karasek (1979).The first study was carried out with a sample (N=117) of employees and self-employedbusiness men and women. The main aims were to investigate: (i) individualdifferences in perceived social support; (ii) the stress-buffering role of support resourcesin moderating work-related stress. The results showed significant differences inpersonality and work characteristics between the occupational groups. There wasevidence of interactive

Author: Chay, Yue Wah - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyMedical Sciences Division - - - - Contributors Parkes, Katharine R. More b



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