Using the Job-Related Affective Well-Being Scale (JAWS) to Investigate Affective Responses to Work Stressors

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affective states at work & job stressors, 18–45 yr old employed undergraduates, application of Job-Related Affective Well-Being Scale

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Prior research linking job stressors to psychological strains has been limited to a small number of emotional reactions. This article describes research linking job stressors to a wide range of affective states at work. In Study 1, a multidimensional scaling procedure was used on a matrix of similarity judgments by 51 employees of 56 job-related affective statements to support a 2-dimensional view of affective well-being. In Study 2, ratings of the affect statements by 100 employees further supported the contention that the dimensions were pleasure–displeasure and degree of arousal. In Study 3, 114 full-time university employees responded to the Job-Related Affective Well-Being Scale, which was found to be related to measures of job stressors as well as job satisfaction and physical symptoms.

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Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, v. 5, issue 2, p. 219-230