The role of proactive personality in the stressor-strain model

Joon Hyung Park, Richard S. DeFrank

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Using the stressor-strain model introduced by Bolger and Zuckerman (1995), we examined the importance of proactive personality in determining: (a) exposure to stressors, (b) stressor reactivity, (c) coping choices, and (d) coping effectiveness in the context of workplace bullying. We found that proactive personality buffered the impact of workplace bullying on physical strain. Results showed that proactive personality influenced coping choices and that positive reinterpretation coping mediated the relationship between proactive personality and strain. Proactive personality also played a role in moderating the relationship between coping strategies and strain. Active coping may help less proactive people deal with workplace bullying.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-59
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Stress Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Coping
  • Proactive personality
  • Stress
  • Well-being
  • Workplace bullying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Business, Management and Accounting (all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology (all)


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