Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Sebastiano Fisicaro

Abstract

Leadership is an organizational component that has seen considerable interest in the I/O psychology literature. The current study aimed to expand on this literature by investigating the extent to which the relation between leadership style and strain outcomes varies based on employee social class. Participants were asked to complete a survey assessing leadership style of their supervisor, indicators of stress, indicators of work-related strain, and components of social class. Results suggested that individuals of lower social class experience higher levels of stress and strain. Additionally, individuals with leaders who are more transformational experience lower levels of stress and work-related strain. Further, individuals with leaders who are more transactional or laissez-faire tend to experience higher levels of stress and work-related strain. However, results did not suggest that social class moderates the relations between leadership style and stress or work-related strain outcomes.

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