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Job Stress Influenced More by Heredity Than Environment

by Rick Nauert
Publication: PsychCentral

September 17, 2012


A new study suggests awareness of job-related stress stems from both external and internal factors.

Work stress, job satisfaction and health problems due to high stress are often a combination of work-related issues and our ability to manage stress — a factor that stems from our genetic background, say researchers.

Timothy Judge, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is the lead author of “Genetic influences on core self-evaluations, job satisfaction, work stress, and employee health: A behavioral genetics mediated model.”

In the study, published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Judge studied nearly 600 twins — some identical, some fraternal — who were raised together and reared apart.

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