This research was designed to gain further insight into the relationship between self-esteem,
generalised self-efficacy, affect and job satisfaction during the current economic recession in
Ireland. An experiment conducted with Irish participants (N=115) tested the hypoFinal Year Project that
individuals’ with high self-esteem, high self-efficacy and positive affect will report high levels of
job satisfaction. Researchers investigating the dispositional sources of job satisfaction (Judge,
Locke & Durham, 1997) maintain that positive affect and the core self-evaluations (which
include self-esteem and generalised self-efficacy), are positively related to job satisfaction.
However, when the three concepts were examined using self-report measures, only generalised
self-efficacy and positive affect were found to be significantly related to job satisfaction.
Limitations and modifications for future research are discussed. Author keywords: Job satisfaction, self-esteem, self-efficacy, positive effect, recession, Ireland