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Work stress and depression : the direct and moderating effects of informal social support and coping
Stress and Health
  • Weiqing CHEN
  • Oi Ling SIU, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Jiafang LU
  • Cary L. COOPER
  • David Rosser PHILLIPS
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
12-1-2009
Keywords
  • work stress,
  • depression,
  • informal social support,
  • coping strategies,
  • Chinese
Abstract
This article investigated the relationship between job stressors and employee mental health (depression). It also examined the direct and moderating effects of informal social support (objective and subjective) and coping (active coping, overeating and drinking, passivity, and distancing) on the relationships. Survey data were collected from 843 employees in eight types of domestic- and foreign-invested enterprises in China. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that increased exposure to job stressors was directly associated with higher levels of depression. Subjective informal social support and passivity were found to have direct effect on employees' depression. Further, objective informal social support and distancing buffered the negative effect of job stressors on depression. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed in the paper.
DOI
10.1002/smi.1263
Scopus EID
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-72149118222&doi=10.1002%2fsmi.1263&partnerID=40&md5=990580bc3183dd5410fd7bb747a93b5f
E-ISSN
15322998
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Citation Information
Chen, W.-Q., Siu, O.-L., Lu, J.-F., Cooper, C. L., & Phillips, D. R. (2009). Work stress and depression: The direct and moderating effects of informal social support and coping. Stress and Health, 25(5), 431-443. doi: 10.1002/smi.1263