Investigating Equity Sensitivity as a Moderator of Relations Between Self-Efficacy and Workplace Attitudes

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12 p.

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American Psychological Association

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Journal of Applied Psychology

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This study integrated measures of equity sensitivity and self-efficacy in an effort to better understand how these variables may affect job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and intent to leave. Equity sensitivity denotes how sensitive people are to overreward and underreward situations and has recently enhanced the accuracy of equity theory in predicting job satisfaction in social exchange situations. Self-efficacy, or task-specific self-confidence, is a central component of Bandura's social cognitive theory, and its influence on individuals' goals, efforts, and task persistence is well documented. Results from a field study of 242 employees in a health care firm support the moderating role of equity sensitivity in relations between self-efficacy and job satisfaction and between self-efficacy and intent to leave, but not between self-efficacy and organizational commitment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)


Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 83, No. 5 (October 1998): 805-816. DOI.