Publication Date

Spring 2022

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Katrina Burch (Director), Reagan Brown, Matthew Woodward

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


This study investigated job stress as a dynamic phenomenon and the possibility of job stress spin. The concept of spin is typically associated with affect and examined using the Circumplex Model of Affect. In an effort to better assess job stress, the circumplex model was adapted to reflect the dynamic nature of job stress. One preexisting data set is utilized in this study. In the sample, burnout was collected once using the Oldenberg 15-item Burnout Inventory; experiences of job stress were also collected once using the Stanton measure of work stress. Two items, pumped and excited, were added in the measure of work stress scale. The measure of work stress items was used to calculate job stress spin. A multilevel hierarchical regression was conducted with daily mean job stress and daily job stress spin serving as predictors, controlling for positive and negative affect, trait anger, and job control. Burnout served as the outcome in both steps of the regression. It was hypothesized that daily job stress spin will be associated with incremental variance in associated outcomes, such as burnout, over daily mean job stress. The hypothesized research questions were supported. Daily job stress spin was a significant predictor of burnout and did predict significant variance over daily mean job stress.


Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences