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Mediating effect of online social support on the relationship between stress and mental well-being

Naveenraj Xavier (VIT Business School, VIT University, Chennai, India)
Reeves Wesley J. (VIT Business School, VIT University, Chennai, India)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 13 August 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

Workplace stress is on the rise and progressive organizations devise their own mechanisms to mitigate it and enhance mental wellbeing (MWB). Of late, the workforce is increasingly dependent on social networking sites (SNS) for social exchanges and debate is well documented if SNS could be used to mediate the relationship between stress and MWB. The purpose of this paper is to investigate this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

This study is based on a survey of 269 employees, on the following constructs: stress, online social support (OSS) and MWB. The authors’ proposed framework was investigated using structural equation modeling.

Findings

Results indicated that stress has a significant negative effect on MWB and subsequently, OSS partially mediates the relationship between stress and MWB. The results suggest that organizations allow the use of social networking site in a controlled setting so that employees could use this as a mechanism to control stress and enhance MWB.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study on OSS role in mediating the relationship between stress and MWB.

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Citation

Xavier, N. and J., R.W. (2018), "Mediating effect of online social support on the relationship between stress and mental well-being", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 178-186. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-07-2018-0022

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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