Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy - School Psychology


Human Services

First Advisor

Nina Ellis-Hervey, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Frankie Clark, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Luis E. Aguerrevere, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Sara Bishop, Ph.D.

Fifth Advisor

Daniel McCleary, Ph.D.


This study investigated the effects of adaptive coping styles and locus of control on reported stress outcome. Findings suggest that perceived stress, time spent using technology at work, and level of masculinity significantly predict job productivity and somatic symptoms. Only perceived stress and level of masculinity significantly predicted sleep quality. Internal Locus of Control and Adaptive coping with initial independent variable composites did not have significant moderation effects. When independent variables were separated, three significant moderations were found. Individual’s with high Internal Locus of Control and more time spent using technology at work reported improved sleep quality. Also, when Internal Locus of Control is moderate or high, and individuals endorse high levels of perceived stress, they indicate that they are less productive at work due to health issues. Finally, individuals who have any level of adaptive coping and high masculinity exhibit lowered work productivity due to health issues. By identifying ways to moderate the relationship between the variables that cause stress outcomes; practitioners can tailor interventions to address protective factors. This information can help to provide support to reduce the adverse impacts of stress. This, in turn, could reduce the many costs associated with increased stress and burnout.

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