For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Personality and job experience"

by Brousseau, Kenneth R (1978)


Previous theory and research concerning job effects on personality are briefly reviewed. A new theoretical model is presented which proposes that individuals' life orientations and levels of emotional well-being are influenced by the stimulus complexity of their job experiences. Hypotheses derived from the model are proposed for 116 engineers, scientists, and managers employed by a large petroleum products company. Five characteristics of employees' jobs were measured using the Hackman-Oldham Job Diagnostic Survey. Longitudinal data were collected on four personality characteristics derived from the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey. Results of analyses indicate that changes in two personality characteristics (Active Orientation and Freedom from Depression) are associated with several job characteristics.


Personality, Psychological Development, Emotional Well Being, Work Complexity, Stimulating Work, Personality Characteristics


Psychological Centrality of Work

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