Psychological Empowerment and Job Stress in Engineers

Shahrukh Saleem (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Iram Fatima, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

A cross sectional study aimed to investigate the relationship between psychological empowerment and job stress in electrical and mechanical engineers of private sector. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between psychological empowerment and job stress in engineers. It was also hypothesized that psychological empowerment would predict the work related stress in engineers. Non probability purposive sampling strategy was used. Data was collected from male engineers (N = 100) with at least one year experience. Psychological Empowerment Scale (Spretizer, 1995) and Job Stress Scale (Parker & Decotiis, 1983) were used. Pearson product moment correlation and hierarchical regression were used to explore the relation. Correlation analysis revealed that only impact, a dimension of psychological empowerment positively correlated with both dimensions of job stress (i.e. time stress and job anxiety). Regression analysis revealed that after controlling for the effect of demographics, only impact (psychological empowerment) predicted job stress.

Keywords: Psychological empowerment, job stress.

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