Parker, Chris P.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Employees--Attitudes; Self-evaluation; Work environment--Psychological aspects; Job satisfaction--Psychological aspects; Employees--Psychology
This study investigated the application of the functional approach to attitudes to the domain o f job satisfaction. Due to expected differences in the function o f job attitudes, it was posited that the individual difference variable o f self-monitoring would moderate the effects o f task enrichment and the presence o f positive social cues on both perceptions o f job characteristics and job satisfaction. In particular, task enrichment was hypothesized to have a greater positive influence for persons classified as low selfmonitors relative to high self-monitors on both dependent variables o f perceptions o f job characteristics and job satisfaction. In contrast, the presence o f positive social cues was hypothesized to have a greater positive effect for high self-monitors relative to low selfmonitors on both perceptions o f job characteristics and job satisfaction. Two additional exploratory hypotheses were included regarding the moderating effects o f two personality difference variables: growth need strength and negative affectivity. It was predicted that the three-way interaction between the social cue manipulation, task enrichment manipulation, and self-monitoring would be stronger for persons high in growth need strength (relative to low) and for persons low in negative affectivity (relative to high). None o f the hypotheses were supported. However, there was an interesting interaction between negative affectivity, self-monitoring, and the two manipulations. Both manipulations o f social cue and task enrichment were stronger for persons who were high in negative affectivity and low self-monitors (relative to persons who were high in negative affectivity and high self-monitors) and for persons who were low in negative affectivity and high self-monitors (relative to persons who were low in negative affectivity and low self-monitors).
Roberts, Joanne E., "A functional approach to job attitudes : self-monitoring as a moderator of the effects of social information and job characteristics on job satisfaction" (1999). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 330.
vi, 107 pages
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