Coping with job insecurity: How does personality make a difference?
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2006
Copyright © 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 14, Issue 7, pages 617–630, December 1993
How to Cite
Roskies, E., Louis-Guerin, C. and Fournier, C. (1993), Coping with job insecurity: How does personality make a difference?. J. Organiz. Behav., 14: 617–630. doi: 10.1002/job.4030140702
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Received: 23 APR 1992
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 FEB 1992
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa
Reversing a long-standing tradition of neglect, occupational stress researchers have recently rediscovered the importance of personality disposition in understanding the transformation of stresses into strains and strains into symptoms. Two recent studies of job insecurity in our laboratory provided a fortuitous opportunity to explore the extent of this influence and the mechanisms by which it operates. The most important of our findings is that positive personality attributes impact as strongly on mental health as does negative personality disposition, albeit in the opposite direction. Thus, personality can cushion, as well as aggravate, the impact of occupational stress.