The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Occupational Stress as a Function of Organizational Commitment and Personality Type: A Study on Legal Professionals

Article Details
Pub. Date : October, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJOB211021
Author Name : Preshita Neha Tudu* and Piyushita Meha Tudu
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 15



Occupational stress is experienced in all professions, law included. There are studies to suggest that organizational commitment has a positive impact on occupational stress. Similarly, studies have been conducted to prove the link between personality type and occupational stress. However, there are very few studies linking all three variables. The present work aims to bridge this gap. The aim of the paper is to measure occupational stress experienced by lawyers. Studies on this subject in India are few and far between. Data from 102 respondents, representing 68% response rate, were analyzed. The study was carried out using standardized questionnaires, which include Philip L Rice occupational stress questionnaire, Myers-Briggs personality type questionnaire and Alan Meyer organizational commitment questionnaire. Correlation and stepwise regression statistical analysis was performed to arrive at the results. The results show that there is significant correlation between occupational stress and personality types of introversion, sensing, feeling and thinking. A significant inverse correlation has also been deduced between occupational stress and organizational commitment. Emotional commitment has been identified as the best predictor of occupational stress and feeling as the least predicting variable. The findings of the study can be used to devise strategies to combat occupational stress experienced by lawyers working in litigation as well as for corporates.


The word 'stress' is derived from the Latin word, stringere, meaning to draw tight. In 1936, Hans Selye, the father of modern stress, borrowed the term from physics and used it in medical literature. He suggested that stress is a non-specific response of the body to any demand. In this modern hyper competitive world, stress can come from anywhere and everywhere.