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Nathan Bowling (Advisor), Gary Burns (Committee Member), Melissa Gruys (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


The current study examines the use of a frame-of-reference (FOR) in the evaluation of core self-evaluations, stressors and strains. The study investigates the prediction that using a FOR that matches predictors and outcomes will result in a stronger relationship between the constructs being measured, specifically CSE, stressors, and strains. In addition, the study examines the extent to which following this procedure will add incremental validity after non-contextualized predictors are controlled. The hypotheses in this study were generally supported, although the hypotheses related to the school domain were not supported as strongly as those related to general and work domain. The author discusses potential implications, limitations and ideas for future research.

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Department of Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering

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