Coping with the “Mess” of Stress: An Assessment‐Based Research Project

Kerry A. Bunker (AT&T, New Jersey, USA)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Publication date: 1 April 1985


The AT & T Managerial Stress Research Project, aimed at addressing the complexities and methodological problems that have hampered the study of stress, was carried out utilising an assessment centre evaluation process to analyse and integrate non‐simulation data gathered from multiple measures, methods and perspectives. The assessment centres should give more attention to their choices of prescreen. From the wide array of prescreens available, each possessing a unique combination of advantages and disadvantages, selection of prescreen(s) should be influenced by their intrinsic characteristics, and other factors, such as situational constraints. The accuracy of promotional decisions may depend as much on the prescreening process as on the validity of the assessment itself.



Bunker, K. (1985), "Coping with the “Mess” of Stress: An Assessment‐Based Research Project", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 68-82.

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