TitleThe moderating effects of aging and cognitive abilities on the association between work stress and negative affect.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHyun, J, Sliwinski, MJ, Almeida, DM, Smyth, JM, Scott, SB
JournalAging Ment Health
Date Published2018 May
KeywordsAdult, Affect, Aged, Aging, Cognition, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Intelligence, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Stress

<p><b>OBJECTIVES: </b>Given that the association between work stress and negative affect can exacerbate negative health and workplace outcomes, it is important to identify the protective and risk factors that moderate this association. Socioemotional aging and cognitive abilities might influence how people utilize emotion regulation skills and engage in practical problem solving to manage their work stress. The aim of this study is to examine whether age and cognitive abilities independently and interactively moderate the association between work-related stress and negative affect.</p><p><b>METHOD: </b>A diverse working adult sample (N = 139, age 25-65, 69% of females) completed a cross-sectional survey that assessed chronic work stress, negative affect, and fluid and crystallized cognitive abilities.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Results from regression analyses suggested that both fluid and crystallized cognitive abilities, but not age, moderated the association between work stress and negative affect. Further, we found that crystallized cognition had a stronger attenuating effect on the work stress-negative affect association for older compared to younger workers. The moderating effect of fluid cognition was invariant across age.</p><p><b>CONCLUSION: </b>Our findings demonstrate that cognitive abilities are an important personal resource that might protect individuals against the negative impacts of work stress and negative affect. Although the role that fluid cognition plays in work stress-negative affect association is comparably important for both younger and older workers, crystallized cognition might play a more valuable role for older than younger workers.</p>

Alternate JournalAging Ment Health
PubMed ID28351162
PubMed Central IDPMC5796861
Grant ListR01 AG039409 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG042595 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
UL1 TR001073 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States
P01 AG003949 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
T32 AG049676 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States