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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(3), 338; doi:10.3390/ijerph13030338

Mitigating Physiological Responses to Layoff Threat: An Experimental Test of the Efficacy of Two Coping Interventions

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Department of Psychology, Washington State University Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686, USA
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Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA
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Academic Editor: Cary Cooper
Received: 7 January 2016 / Revised: 12 March 2016 / Accepted: 14 March 2016 / Published: 18 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Stress, Human Health and Wellbeing)
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The purpose of the current study was to assess real-time physiological reactions to the threat of layoffs and to determine whether the use of an emotion-focused vs. problem-focused coping intervention would be more efficacious in attenuating these physiological reactions. A 2 (coping intervention) × 4 (within-subjects time points) mixed experimental design was used to test the hypotheses. Eighty-four undergraduates participated in this laboratory experiment during which their galvanic skin response (GSR) and heart rate (HR) were continuously monitored. Analyses indicate that individuals instructed to utilize an emotion-focused coping strategy experienced a significantly greater decline in their GSR compared to those utilizing the problem-focused coping method. Results suggest organizations conducting layoffs might focus first on dealing with the emotional aftermath of downsizing before focusing on problem-solving tasks, such as resume writing and other traditional outplacement activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotion-focused coping; problem-focused coping; expressive writing; anticipated job loss; galvanic skin response emotion-focused coping; problem-focused coping; expressive writing; anticipated job loss; galvanic skin response
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Probst, T.M.; Jiang, L. Mitigating Physiological Responses to Layoff Threat: An Experimental Test of the Efficacy of Two Coping Interventions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 338.

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