Investigating mediating effects of organisation-based self-esteem on the relationship between work stressors and stress

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Hyland, John
Pearce, Susan
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The Irish Psychologist
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Objective: Organisation-based self-esteem (OBSE) has attracted a great deal of recent research attention. However, such research from an Irish perspective has been neglected to date. The aim of this study was to extend recent research on OBSE by examining its mediating effects on the relationship between work stressors and stress. Specific correlations and differences between work stressors, perceived stress and associated demographic variables were also investigated. Method: Public and private sector professionals (N = 111) participated in the study. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire booklet containing measures on OBSE, work stressors and perceived stress. Results: Results indicated that OBSE has a mediating effect on the relationship between specific work stressors and perceived stress. Further significant correlations were also observed. Conclusion: The findings emphasise the importance of continued research into this area and supports the advantages of increasing OBSE, such as increases in employee motivation, organisational commitment, job satisfaction and performance. Author keywords: Organisation-based self-esteem, work stressors, organisational psychology, perceived stress