Stress, social support and psychological well-being in British accountants

Kevin Daniels, Andrew Guppy

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This paper reports an exploratory study of stress, social support and psychological well-being in British chartered accountants, using data from 399 self-report questionnaires. The results suggest that the underlying structure of stress in British accountancy can be explained by three dimensions; quantitative overload stressors, professional/administrative interface stressors and nuisance stressors. The underlying structure of social support for the sample can be represented by three dimensions of help support, social dependability and esteem support. Intensity of quantitative overload stressors, intensity of professional/administrative interface stressors and all three dimensions of support were found to be related to psychological well-being in the sample. Differences between these variables, types of organization and organizational position were examined. The results are discussed with reference to stress management interventions for accountants. Possible generalizations to other professional groups are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-447
Number of pages16
JournalWork & Stress
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1995


  • Accountants
  • Organizational type
  • Psychological well-being
  • Social support

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