Linking work conditions to unpleasant affect: Cognition, categorization and goals

Kevin Daniels, Claire Harris, Rob B. Briner

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    Abstract

    Current approaches to work stress do not address in detail the mental processes by which work events cause unpleasant affect. We propose a cognitive account that incorporates: the distinction between controlled and automatic information processing; the categorization of emotionally relevant stimuli; the role of mental models in coping choice; the enactment of beneficial job conditions through coping; and reciprocal influences between cognition and affect. We conclude by discussing how this account can help explain a range of findings in the work stress literature and how a cognitive approach to work stress informs practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-363
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
    Volume77
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2004

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