Why do challenge stressors support and then desert us? The moderating and mediating role of psychological capital

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Author(s)

  • Xingyu Feng
  • Kefan Tao
  • Shan Chen
  • Hu Tian
  • Zhaopeng Xing

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere11640
Journal / PublicationSocial Behavior and Personality
Volume50
Issue number7
Online published1 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Abstract

We investigated how psychological capital affects employees' cognitive appraisal of stress in the workplace. We conducted a three-wave longitudinal survey with 372 Chinese employees and obtained the following results: First, psychological capital buffered individual appraisals of hindrance stress. Second, low levels of challenging stressors were negatively related to individual appraisals of hindrance stress, whereas high levels of challenging demands were positively associated with these appraisals. Third, challenge stressors had an inverted U-shaped relationship with psychological capital and a U-shaped relationship with the process of appraising hindrance stressors. Fourth, psychological capital mediated the moderating effect of challenge stressors on hindrance stressors and hindrance appraisal. We discuss the theoretical contributions and practical applications of this research.

Research Area(s)

  • challenge stressor, hindrance stressor, hindrance appraisal, psychological capital, cognitive appraisal, job stress, HINDRANCE STRESSORS, WORK STRESS, RESOURCES, EMOTIONS

Citation Format(s)

Why do challenge stressors support and then desert us? The moderating and mediating role of psychological capital. / Feng, Xingyu; Tao, Kefan; Chen, Shan et al.
In: Social Behavior and Personality, Vol. 50, No. 7, e11640, 2022.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review