Academics' experiences of a respite from work: effects of self-critical perfectionism and perseverative cognition on postrespite well-being

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/253280
Title:
Academics' experiences of a respite from work: effects of self-critical perfectionism and perseverative cognition on postrespite well-being
Authors:
Flaxman, Paul E.; Ménard, Julie; Bond, Frank W.; Kinman, Gail ( 0000-0002-0130-1708 )
Abstract:
This longitudinal study examined relations between personality and cognitive vulnerabilities and the outcomes of a respite from work. A sample of 77 academic employees responded to week-level measures of affective well-being before, during, and on 2 occasions after an Easter respite. When academics were classified as being either high or low in a self-critical form of perfectionism (doubts about actions), a divergent pattern of respite to postrespite effects was revealed. Specifically, during the respite, the 2 groups of academics experienced similar levels of well-being. However, during postrespite working weeks, the more perfectionistic academics reported significantly higher levels of fatigue, emotional exhaustion, and anxiety. The greater deterioration in well-being experienced by perfectionist academics when first returning to work was mediated by their tendency for perseverative cognition (i.e., worry and rumination) about work during the respite itself. These findings support the view that the self-critical perfectionist vulnerability is activated by direct exposure to achievement-related stressors and manifested through perseverative modes of thinking.
Citation:
Academics' experiences of a respite from work: Effects of self-critical perfectionism and perseverative cognition on postrespite well-being. 2012, 97 (4):854-865 Journal of Applied Psychology
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Journal:
Journal of Applied Psychology
Issue Date:
Jul-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/253280
DOI:
10.1037/a0028055
Additional Links:
http://doi.apa.org/getdoi.cfm?doi=10.1037/a0028055
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1939-1854; 0021-9010
Appears in Collections:
Research Centre for Applied Psychology

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFlaxman, Paul E.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMénard, Julieen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBond, Frank W.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorKinman, Gailen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-26T10:43:13Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-26T10:43:13Z-
dc.date.issued2012-07-
dc.identifier.citationAcademics' experiences of a respite from work: Effects of self-critical perfectionism and perseverative cognition on postrespite well-being. 2012, 97 (4):854-865 Journal of Applied Psychologyen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1939-1854-
dc.identifier.issn0021-9010-
dc.identifier.doi10.1037/a0028055-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/253280-
dc.description.abstractThis longitudinal study examined relations between personality and cognitive vulnerabilities and the outcomes of a respite from work. A sample of 77 academic employees responded to week-level measures of affective well-being before, during, and on 2 occasions after an Easter respite. When academics were classified as being either high or low in a self-critical form of perfectionism (doubts about actions), a divergent pattern of respite to postrespite effects was revealed. Specifically, during the respite, the 2 groups of academics experienced similar levels of well-being. However, during postrespite working weeks, the more perfectionistic academics reported significantly higher levels of fatigue, emotional exhaustion, and anxiety. The greater deterioration in well-being experienced by perfectionist academics when first returning to work was mediated by their tendency for perseverative cognition (i.e., worry and rumination) about work during the respite itself. These findings support the view that the self-critical perfectionist vulnerability is activated by direct exposure to achievement-related stressors and manifested through perseverative modes of thinking.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Associationen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.apa.org/getdoi.cfm?doi=10.1037/a0028055en_GB
dc.subjectpsychological stressen_GB
dc.subjectjob stressen_GB
dc.subjectburnouten_GB
dc.subjectstressen_GB
dc.titleAcademics' experiences of a respite from work: effects of self-critical perfectionism and perseverative cognition on postrespite well-beingen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Applied Psychologyen_GB
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