The authors thank Sister Janet Doyle for her assistance throughout this study. Shahnaz Aziz is now affiliated with East Carolina University, and John Wryobeck is now affiliated with the University of Michigan.
The Moderating Role of Social Support Between Role Stressors and Job Attitudes Among Roman Catholic Priests1
Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2008
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 12, pages 2903–2923, December 2008
How to Cite
Zickar, M. J., Balzer, W. K., Aziz, S. and Wryobeck, J. M. (2008), The Moderating Role of Social Support Between Role Stressors and Job Attitudes Among Roman Catholic Priests. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38: 2903–2923. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00418.x
- Issue online: 18 NOV 2008
- Version of Record online: 18 NOV 2008
This study examined the relations role stressors and job attitudinal variables, as well as the potential moderating effects of social support in a sample of 190 Roman Catholic priests. The priesthood is an important occupation to study because the work priests do can be considered a vocation instead of a job. Role stressors were negatively correlated with job attitudes (e.g., job satisfaction, turnover intention). Consistent with a buffering hypothesis, several sources of social support (parishioners, staff, fellow priests) consistently moderated this relationship, in that the relationship attenuated as social support increased. The implications of these results are discussed with respect to the role of the priest, as well as with other types of work-based vocations.