Reducing conflict-related employee strain: The benefits of an internal locus of control and a problem-solving conflict management strategy

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Abstract

Workplace conflict is a potent stressor, but most previous research has focused on its effect on productivity and performance rather than on individual well-being. This paper examines the moderating roles of an individual's internal locus of control and a problem-solving conflict management strategy. In the cross-sectional study, among 774 health care workers in the Netherlands, employees' internal locus of control did moderate the relationship between experienced conflict at work and psychological strain, which was measured using a 13-item Dutch adaptation of the Occupational Stress Indicator. In addition, this moderation was mediated by the active conflict management strategy of problem solving; people with a more internal locus of control use a problem-solving conflict management strategy more often and, as a result, experience less psychological strain in cases of workplace conflict. Implications for conflict theory, for future research, and for practice are discussed.© 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-184
Number of pages17
JournalWork and Stress
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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