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Master of Science (MS)
Autonomy, Curvilinear, Desire for Control, Job control, Nonlinear, Well-being
Organizational behavior; Psychology
The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether a curvilinear relationship between job control and well-being is be moderated by desire for control, such that the relationship is curvilinear in the shape of an inverted U for individuals with low desire for control, and positive and linear for individuals with high desire for control. This study was designed to provide clarification as to why researchers have produced mixed evidence in support of Warr’s (1987, 1994) Vitamin model, which states that job control and well-being are curvilinearly related in the shape of an inverted U. A total of 165 individuals from a variety of occupations participated in this study via online survey. The results did not provide any evidence that a curvilinear relationship between job control and well-being was moderated by desire for control. Furthermore, there was no evidence of any type of curvilinear relationship between job control and well-being, or any interaction between job control and desire for control. Instead, there was only evidence of a positive and linear relationship between job control and well-being. The major implication of the findings is that more research is needed to provide an explanation for the mixed evidence in support of a curvilinear relationship between job control and well-being.
Scher, Abraham, "Testing Job Control's Curvilinear Relationship with Well-being as Moderated by Desire for Control" (2015). Master's Theses. 4665.