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A study of resiliency among Chinese health care workers : capacity to cope with workplace stress
Journal of Research In Personality (2009)
  • Oi Ling SIU, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • C., Harry HUI, University of Hong Kong
  • David Rosser PHILLIPS, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Lin LIN
  • Tze Wai WONG, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Kan SHI

This paper reports a study of resiliency to cope with workplace stress among Chinese health care workers. We adopted a qualitative–quantitative-biomarker approach to conduct interviews, focus group discussions, and a two-wave longitudinal survey. Wave 1 survey was conducted among health care workers in Hong Kong and Mainland China (N = 773). Amongst them, 287 took part in Wave 2 survey. A confirmatory factor analysis consistently supported a 9-item scale. A sub-sample’s (N = 33) resiliency was positively related to salivary IgA levels (an immune marker). Results from hierarchical regressions demonstrated that resiliency measured in Wave 1 was positively related to job satisfaction, work-life balance, and quality of life; and negatively related to physical/psychological symptoms and injuries at work in Wave 2.

  • Resiliency,
  • workplace stress,
  • health care workers,
  • Chinese,
  • positive psychology
Publication Date
October, 2009
Publisher Statement
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in . Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in JOURNAL OF RESEARH IN PERSONALITY, [VOL 43, ISSUE 5, (2009)] DOI:
Citation Information
Siu, O.-L., Hui, C. H., Phillips, D. R., Lin, L., Wong, T.-w., & Shi, K. (2009). A study of resiliency among Chinese health care workers: Capacity to cope with workplace stress. Journal Of Research In Personality, 43(5), 770-776. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2009.06.008