Interpersonal workplace stressors and well-being: A multi-wave study of employees with and without arthritis

Phillip T. Potter, Bruce W. Smith, Kari R. Strobel, Alex J. Zautra

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The within-person influence of interpersonal stressors on affective well-being and physical well-being was investigated for 109 women with and without arthritis. Participants were interviewed on a weekly basis for 12 consecutive weeks, and the prospective data were analyzed by using hierarchical linear modeling. Overall, interpersonal workplace stressors independently predicted both well-being outcomes. Interpersonal stressors outside the workplace were related to negative affect but not to arthritis symptoms. Compared with healthy controls, arthritis patients' ratings of negative affect were equally reactive to workplace stressors. Neuroticism did not moderate stressor reactivity for either dependent variable but did predict mean levels of negative affect. The data support the hypothesis that the psychosocial environment of the workplace contributes unique effects on well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-796
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2002


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  • Applied Psychology

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