Original Research

Coping with stress in the workplace

Janine D. Oosthuizen, Burger van Lill
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 34, No 1 | a421 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v34i1.421 | © 2008 Janine D. Oosthuizen, Burger van Lill | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 March 2008 | Published: 11 July 2008

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Janine D. Oosthuizen, Jopie van Rooyen & Partners, South Africa
Burger van Lill, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

The researchers investigated a simplified process model, a so-called salutogenic approach, of coping with stress in the workplace. Two constructs of salutogenic functioning, namely sense of coherence and locus of control (three dimensions: internal, external locus and autonomy), as well as the stress levels of 240 employees from a parastatal organisation were measured. As expected, individuals with a stronger sense of coherence and a stronger internal locus of control experienced lower levels of stress and vice versa. Nevertheless, in a regression analysis only the sense of coherence and external locus of control variables contributed significantly to variance in the criterion variable stress.

Keywords

stress; workplace; salutogenic approach; sense of coherence; parastatal organisation

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