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J Appl Psychol. 1993 Jun;78(3):402-12.

The role of negative affectivity in understanding relations between self-reports of stressors and strains: a comment on the applied psychology literature.

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Department of Psychology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118-5698.


On the basis of a brief review of the health, organizational, and personality psychology literatures supportive of the expectation that observed relations between self-reports of stressors and strains are influenced by the mood-dispositional dimension negative affectivity (NA), reanalyses of four data sets were conducted. The results of these reanalyses, contrary to the assertions of several authors in the applied psychology literature, offered further support for the hypothesized "nuisance" properties of NA in studies involving relations between self-reports of stressors and strain. A discussion of how NA and other mood-dispositional dimensions may be of interest to investigators concerned with relations between self-reports of any condition of employment and any affective state of workers is presented.

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