Lisa Fiksenbaum

Lisa Fiksenbaum
York University · Department of Psychology

PhD

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In this paper, we report the development of the five-item Brief Coronavirus Threat Scale(BCTS) to assess perceived coronavirus threat. Using exploratory (Study 1, N = 735) and confirmatory (Study 2, N = 3,977) factor analysis, we substantiate the structural validity of the scale with North American, European, Israeli, and Chinese adults. Additional...
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Background and objectives: The negative effects of the financial crisis of 2007/2008 are still being felt today as seen in the relatively high levels of youth unemployment in many countries. As a result, many young people experience high stress levels when facing an uncertain and precarious job market. Methods: Participants were 178 undergraduate s...
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This research examines whether the stressful psychological experience of financial threat (a sense of fear, anxiety, and preoccupation about the adequacy, stability, and security of one's financial resources) relates to acute more than chronic economic hardship, and to making sounder financial decisions that would improve personal financial situati...
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Purpose Financial threat is defined as fearful-anxious uncertainty regarding one’s current and future financial situation. The purpose of this paper is to examine predictors and outcomes of financial threat in two samples of students who completed an online questionnaire for course credit. The theoretical model the authors proposed tested the assoc...
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The present study tested the extent to which perceived economic hardship is associated with psychological distress (suicide ideation and confusion) after controlling for personal characteristics. It also explored whether perceived financial threat (i.e., fearful anxious-uncertainty about the stability and security of one's personal financial situat...
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This exploratory research examined the relationship of a personal and an organizational resource, optimism and levels of hospital support respectively, on a variety of work and well-being outcomes in a sample of nurses in Turkey. Data were collected from 212 nurses using anonymously completed questionnaires. Feelings of psychological empowerment wa...
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The Financial Threat Scale (FTS) was designed to assess levels of fear, uncertainty, and preoccupation about the stability and security of one's finances. In previous research with Canadian university students, it was shown that the FTS was a psychometrically sound measure, associated with failing personal financial conditions, threat-related perso...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the reasons given by nurses for working part-time; compare the work experiences, satisfactions, and psychological well-being of nursing staff working full-time vs part-time; and identify possible antecedents and sources of leverage to encourage part-time nurses to work full-time. Design/methodology...
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Background Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood, generate significant distress, are considered precursors to diverse psychiatric disorders, and lead to poor social and employment outcomes in adulthood. Although childhood anxiety has a significant impact on a child's developmental trajectory, only a handful of stu...
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Frontline service employees in the hospitality and tourism sector have a key role in creating high-quality customer service. This research considers potential antecedents and consequences of work engagement in a sample of 549 frontline service employees working in 15 top quality hotels in Turkey, a 59% response rate. Respondents completed anonymous...
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In the current economic downturn, people are fearful, uncertain, and preoccupied about how the recession affects them, their loved ones, and their collective futures. In short, they feel threatened by the stability and security of their personal finances. This study examined the psychometric properties of the Financial Threat Scale (FTS), a 5-item...
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Background: Nurses typically retire in their late 50s and since nursing shortages exist in most countries understanding nursing staff decisions to retire might open up possibilities of encouraging and supporting them to remain in the workforce longer. Objective: This study examines potential predictors of retirement intentions amongst nurses workin...
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Nursing has been described as a stressful occupation with nursing staff reporting high levels of job dissatisfaction in many countries. For various reasons an interesting paradox exists; on the one hand there is a global shortage of nurses which has potential adverse effects on nursing staff job satisfaction and the quality of patient care. On the...
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To date, no treatment outcome study for anxiety disordered youth was able to follow a control group for the long term.Objective To examine Long term outcome of anxiety disordered children who were treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as opposed to comparable children who were not.Methods Subjects (N = 120) who were 8–12 years old at the...
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Background: Nursing has been described as a stressful occupation, with nursing staff reporting high levels of job dissatisfaction, job burnout and poor well-being in many countries. This research examined the relationship of job demands (work-family interference, emotional demands and work overload) and three sources of social support (supervisor....
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This research examined potential antecedents and consequences of work engagement in a sample of nurses employed in hospitals in Turkey. .Data were collected from 224 respondents, a 37% percent response rate, using anonymously completed questionnaires. Engagement was assessed by three scales developed by Schaufeli, Salanova,Gonzalez-Roma, and Bakker...
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This study examined the relationship between self-reports of hospital culture and indicators of work satisfaction and engagement, perceptions of hospital functioning and quality of nursing care, and psychological well-being of nursing staff in Turkish hospitals. It represents the first study of its kind. Data were collected from 224 staff nurses us...
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The data obtained from one-way independent groups designs is typically non-normal in form and rarely equally variable across treatment populations (i.e., population variances are heterogeneous). Consequently, the classical test statistic that is used to assess statistical significance (i.e., the analysis of variance F test) typically provides inval...
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Work-family issues have received increasing attention by both organizations interested in effective human resource management and by researchers (cf. Brough and Kalliath, 2009). Work-family concerns were initially included in the occupational stress field but have now emerged as an important research focus on its own. Work-family issues, whether...
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Randomized pretest, posttest, follow-up (RPPF) designs are often used for evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention. These designs typically address two primary research questions: (1) Do the treatment and control groups differ in the amount of change from pretest to posttest? and (2) Do the treatment and control groups differ in the amount o...
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Purpose – The purpose of this exploratory research is to examine the relationship of a measure of work intensity with potential antecedents and consequences. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire was developed and pre-tested. It included a new 15-item measure of work intensity. Data were collected from 106 respondents enrolled in three univ...
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Purpose -This research examined the relationship of workaholism components identified by Spence and Robbins (1992) and perceptions of risk at work, occupational health and safety values and practices, accidents and “near miss” accidents at work. Three workaholism components were considered: work involvement, feeling driven to work because of inner...
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This exploratory study examined the relationship between selfreports of burnout and indicators of work satisfaction and engagement, perceptions of hospital functioning and quality of nursing care, and psychological wellbei ng of nursing staff. Data were collected from 224 staff nurses using anonymously completed questionnaires, a 37 percent respons...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between virtues and indicators of work engagement, satisfaction, and psychological well-being among a large sample of managerial and professional women working in a large Turkish bank. Managerial women in Turkey, as elsewhere, are under-represented at senior levels of management...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship of work intensity and of work hours on potential antecedents and work and well-being consequences. Design/methodology/approach – Data are collected from 309 male and female managers working in 3-, 4- and 5-star hotels in Beijing, China using anonymously completed questionnaires with...
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Purpose – Based on US college student and adult samples, Kasser and Sheldon suggested that time affluence (TA) may be a more significant predictor of subjective well-being than material affluence (MA). This paper aims to replicate and extend their findings to an employed sample from another country and culture. Design/methodology/approach – Data we...
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Individuals in managerial and professional jobs are now working longer hours for a variety of reasons. Building on previous research on workaholism and on types of passion, the results of an exploratory study of correlates of work-based passion and addiction are presented. Data were collected from 530 Canadian managers and professionals, MBA gradua...
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Purpose – The purpose of this research is to examine the relationship between virtues and indicators of work satisfaction and engagement, perceptions of hospital functioning and quality of nursing care, and psychological wellbeing of nursing staff. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 79 staff nurses using anonymously completed qu...
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Purpose – This paper aims to examine potential antecedents and consequences of work engagement in a sample of male and female hotel managers employed in Beijing, China. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 309 respondents, a 90 percent response rate, using anonymously completed questionnaires. Engagement was assessed by three scal...
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Purpose – Interest in the potential negative effects of long work hours has increased over the past ten years. The purpose of this paper is to compare personal demographics and work situation characteristics, stable individual difference factors, job behaviors, work and extra-work satisfactions and psychological well-being of female MBA graduates i...
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Purpose – A body of research evidence has shown that job stressors are associated with lower levels of satisfaction and psychological well-being. It has been suggested that recovery after the work day may reduce fatigue, restore mood and improve well-being. The purpose of this paper is to examine predictors and consequences of four recovery experie...
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This research examined the relationship of a newly developed measure of work intensity and of work hours on potential antecedents and work and well-being consequences. Data were collected from 877 male and female managers and professionals working in a variety of organizations in the manufacturing sector in Turkey using anonymously completed questi...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate gender differences in work experiences, satisfactions and psychological health among physicians in Turkey. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 237 male and 194 female physicians using an anonymously completed questionnaire. Measures included personal demographic and work situa...
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Purpose – It has been suggested that females may be disadvantaged in professions and organizations that require working long hours since females may choose to work fewer hours or may have to work fewer hours because of home and family responsibilities. The term “extreme jobs” has been used previously to describe jobs in which incumbents work 60 or...
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Individuals in managerial and professional jobs now work long hours for a variety of reasons. Building on previous research on workaholism and on types of passion, the results of three exploratory studies of correlates of work-based Passion and Addiction are presented. Data were collected in three samples using anonymously completed questionnaires:...
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Traditionally, psychological research has focused on negative states, their determinants, and consequences. Theoretical conceptions of coping focus on strategies used to diminish distress. This approach is derived from the perspective that coping is mainly reactive, a strategy used once stress has been experienced. In contrast, proactive coping inv...
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The hospitality and tourism industry is a significant contributor to the economies of many countries. As a result, countries need an educated, skilled and committed workforce to be successful. To fill this need, colleges and university have developed programs of study to improve the quality of human resources working in this industry. This study co...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine potential antecedents of workaholism components identified in previous research and the relationship of these components to work and extra-work satisfactions and psychological well-being among professors in Turkey. It attempts to replicate previous research conducted in North America. Design/methodo...
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This study examined potential antecedents and consequences of workaholism types among 431 male and female physicians in Turkey. Three workaholism types (Work Enthusiasts, Work Addicts, Enthusiastic Addicts) and one non-workaholic type (Unengaged workers) previously identified by Spence and Robbins (1992) were compared. Antecedents included personal...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore gender differences in the work and career experiences of female and male managers and supervisors in the hospitality and tourism sector in Turkey. There is a belief that women tend to be disadvantaged in this sector as few women occupy the senior executive positions and those that do receive less pa...
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Purpose – This research aims to explore the role of values, family, and non-family influences on career choice in management among a sample of US MBA students. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected using self-reported questionnaires from 109 students in a mid-sized university located on the west coast of the USA. The respondents were in...
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Purpose – Although qualified women are entering professional and managerial ranks within organizations, they continue to have difficulties in advancing their careers. It has been suggested that the biggest obstacle to women's career advancement lies in the attitudes, biases and prejudices of their male colleagues and their organizational cultures....
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Purpose – The study seeks to compare the experiences of job loss and reemployment experiences among female and male higher level managers and professionals. Design/methodology/approach – The paper compares data collected at two periods in time from (n=120) females and (n=184) males who completed two self-report questionnaires. Findings – Relatively...
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Purpose – This research aims to examine potential antecedents and consequences of different career priority patterns among managerial and professional women working in a large Turkish bank. Two career priority patterns advanced by Schwartz were considered: career-primary and career-family. Previous research conducted in other countries has compared...
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Purpose – The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship of the perceived presence of organisational practices designed to support women's career advancement and their work attitudes and satisfaction and their psychological well-being. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 286 women in managerial and professional jobs wor...
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The present study tests a psychosocial model of factors predicting emotional exhaustion and state anger in 333 nurses who worked during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak. Predictors included working conditions, feedback, risk of contracting SARS, and perceived organiza- tional support. Results of path analysis revealed that work...
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Purpose – The paper aims to examine potential antecedents and consequences of work engagement in a sample of women managers and professionals employed by a large Turkish bank. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 286 women, a 72 per cent response rate, using anonymously completed questionnaires. Engagement was assessed by three sc...
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Questionnaires were distributed to undergraduate students to determine the relationship of a community strike to students' academic work, social and recreational behavior, emotions, and attitudes toward the university. Results indicated that the labor dispute significantly affected students, interrupting their academic and career progress, worsenin...
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An essential aspect of aging is successful coping. This entails learning how to deal effectively with change, losses, disappointments, and decline. The present study examined the relationship between coping, social support, daily hassles, functional disability, and physical and psychological health status in a sample of 224 community-residing older...
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Purpose – This research aims to investigate gender differences among professors in Turkey. Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected from 243 male and 165 female professors using an anonymously completed internet based questionnaire. Measures included personal demographic and work situation characteristics, workaholism components and valida...
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With advancing age, many older adults are vulnerable to a decline in physical functioning. Functional disability has been shown to affect the subjective well-being of the individual, and has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Social support is commonly assumed to protect people from the experience of psychological distress and...
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Selective mutism (SM) is a rare and complex disorder associated with anxiety symptoms and speech-language deficits; however, the nature of these language deficits has not been studied systematically. A novel cross-disciplinary assessment protocol was used to assess anxiety and nonverbal cognitive, receptive language, and expressive narrative abilit...
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Selective mutism (SM) occurs when a child persistently lacks speech in some social situations but not in others, despite the ability to use and comprehend language. While considered to be related to anxiety, SM is poorly understood and studies of SM children are often based on parent reports. This study developed a unique, non-verbally based assess...
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To compare the efficacy of group and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in children with Axis I anxiety disorders. It was hypothesized that certain subgroups would respond preferentially to one modality. Seventy-eight children aged 8-12 years with diagnosed anxiety disorders were randomly assigned to a 12-week, manual-based program of gr...
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This study examines university students'' psychological reactions to a two-month faculty strike at a large Canadian university. Of particular interest were relationships between students'' experience of angry feelings (state anger) about the strike and perceptions of the extent to which the strike had affected their plans involving important planne...
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Reviews the current status of the psychology of women field within Canadian psychology as revealed in the feminization of psychology in Canada, psychology of women courses in academic psychology, research publications in Canadian journals, papers presented at Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) conventions, and doctoral dissertation projects....
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This paper examines the relationship between workload, burnout and somatization in nurses. The respondents consisted of 1363 nurses employed in hospitals, which were undergoing extensive restructuring. Results of structural equation analyses showed that workload was positively related to emotional exhaustion. Emotional exhaustion led to cynicism an...
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The present study was conducted in order to examine the buffering effect on burnout of various forms of social support from different sources. Respondents in the study were female and male teachers. Burnout was assessed using the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) composed of three subscales: Emotional Exhaustion, Depersonalization and Lack of Persona...

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