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Type: Journal article
Title: Trait anxiety, work demand, social support and psychological distress in correctional officers
Author: Dollard, M.
Winefield, A.
Citation: Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 1995; 8(1):25-35
Publisher: Harwood Academic Publishers
Issue Date: 1995
ISSN: 1061-5806
Abstract: Abstract This study examined the role of social support in the relationship between work demand and psychological distress (GHQ 12) in correctional officers (N=419), a high stress occupational group. Work demands were positively associated with strain. There was no evidence that social support buffered the negative impact of work demands. Rather, consistent with most previous research findings, support showed direct benefits and these were discussed in the context of worker participation and control. The hypothesis that officers high in negative affectivity, as measured by trait anxiety would show greater reactivity to work demands was not supported. However, trait anxiety appeared to inflate the relationship between work stressors (work demand and work support) and psychological distress supporting recent suggestions that the role of trait anxiety in occupational stress should not be disregarded. Trait anxiety combined additively with work demand to predict individual differences in psychological distress, however social support moderated the impact of trait anxiety on strain.
DOI: 10.1080/10615809508249361
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