The moderating effects of personal reputation on accountability-strain relationships. Academic Article uri icon


  • Although felt accountability has predicted positive outcomes in some studies, it has demonstrated anxiety-provoking properties in others. This inconsistency has led researchers to search for moderating variables that explain why felt accountability promotes or impedes favorable outcomes. Building on these studies, the authors examine the moderating effects of personal reputation on the felt accountability-strain relationship. As hypothesized, the results indicate that a positive personal reputation ameliorated the strain reactions caused by felt accountability. In particular, as felt accountability increased, individuals with strong personal reputations experienced less job tension and depressed mood at work, as well as more job satisfaction, but individuals with weak personal reputations experienced the opposite outcomes.

published proceedings

  • J Occup Health Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Laird, M. D., Perryman, A. A., Hochwarter, W. A., Ferris, G. R., & Zinko, R.

citation count

  • 35

complete list of authors

  • Laird, Mary Dana||Perryman, Alexa A||Hochwarter, Wayne A||Ferris, Gerald R||Zinko, Robert

publication date

  • January 2009