Thesis Title

An Investigation of Mentoring and Hardiness in the Stress-Strain Relationship

Date of Graduation

Summer 2002

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Michelle Visio

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

This study examined the role of personality and mentoring in the stress-strain relationship. Role conflict was examined as an organizational stressor and job satisfaction and organizational commitment were examined as strain variables. The personality construct of hardiness and presence of a mentor were examined as moderators in the stress-strain relationship. A total of 111 participants completed a questionnaire administered through the internet. No hypotheses were supported; that is, the personality construct of hardiness and presence of a mentor did not moderate the relationship between role conflict and job satisfaction or organizational commitment. Only the main-effects of role conflict, hardiness, and presence of a mentor emerged as significant predictors of job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Bivariate correlations revealed significant relationships among study variables that supported previous literature. The findings provide a better understanding of how stressors are associated with moderators and strain variables.

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© Sabrina Wilson

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